Review by Joseph Timmons: IndiePulse Music Magazine
Peter Kaukonen is a Multi-Instrumentalist Singer & Songwriter with a background of influences ranging from Chicago & Delta Blues, “Finger-Picking” Guitar, “New Age”, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jazz, and Classical Music. Kaukonen’s songwriting history spans forty years. Peter has enjoyed an outstanding career in the music world, with his own band Black Kangaroo and performing with others. Peter Kaukonen has worked closely and performed with Hot Tuna, both Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and many of the foundation era of rock artists.
Peter Kaukonen has released his latest album Crazy Quilt, the new album on the Floating Records Label.
In Review: Crazy Quilt as the title implies, it is the collection of works, the odds and ends, bits of treasures. Peter Kaukonen is a storyteller, creating sound tapestries that surround and hold you, comfort you and keep you nestled within. Mixing classic guitar rock styling, a bit of modern upbeat tempos, folk “ballad” structure and country / blues overtones, Kaukonen also adds a mirth commentary, a little bit of humor, as well as nails down the serious when needed.
Track by Track Review: I don’t normally do “Track by Track” reviews, but this album is a lot fun and a little “play by play” will add to the delight. Crazy Quilt is just full of wonder, joy and excitement and when you hear it, you may agree with me that this album is a long time overdue.
- (Drifting) Cozumel: a brilliantly written and soothing instrumental opening that moves into a variety of styles, tones and textures, definitely influenced by Latin origins.
- The Ballad of Sarah Palin: a comical and satirical homage to a political would be queen of Alaska, and the continental USA. Quirky and fun, this song is both campy and critical of right wing political posture.
- The Ballad of Saddam Hussein: this track is yet another bit of camp, bringing to light the lunacy of the global political stage, the vaudevillian villain of the middle east of the victim of the Washington joke writers, who knows.
- Maria Full of Grace: a song of irony, a country created from the refugees of the past that seeks to keep out the people of its own ancestry and pits its own children against one another.
- Ghost Music: A ghost story of an artist’s studio haunted by his own creation… listen to the words, very funny. As a parent, I too have been “Haunted”.
- Lullaby: a sweet song from father to child, a heartwarming piece.
- Sleep Deprived: this song has happened to us all, the constant spinning and feeling of changeless patterns, primarily instrumental but soothing and feisty.
- What Goes Around (Comes Around): a piece primarily in piano, yet there is more, somewhere between the notes, fond memories and images of the past.
- Paqui: written by Kaukonen while living in Italy in the Seventies, originally released on an earlier album, simply stunning guitar work, played as an instrumental, but has hidden and unsounded lyrics.
- Twilight Revisited: the saga of aging, lost youth, definitively a tale of no golden years, a sad bit in folk melody, and satirical prose.
- Bobby Gets Old: Kaukonen sings a song of getting old, but it’s really a song of becoming “Cantankerous” and loving it. It has a romance to it, between the characters, maybe a story man loved by a woman despite himself.
- The Nature of The Beast: People are people, and some more animal than others, and some just plain possessed.
- That’s A Good Question: one last and wonderful instrumental, it has a flowing progression with a timbre that just beckons you in, captivating the spirit.
Crazy Quilt is not really “Crazy”, but in an insane world, it is the sane man that appears insane, Kaukonen is wise beyond many years.
Visit Kaukonen on the web, buy Crazy Quilt, and feel the warmth of a wise man’s words.
Album Release Party – Get Tickets Now !
Announcing the CD Release Party for Crazy Quilt, the new album by Floating Records recording artist Peter Kaukonen, taking place at Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Ave., Saturday, February 3. Showtime: 7:30pm. Requested Donation: $15-$25. Info: (510) 472-3170 or visit https://berkeleyarthouse.wordpress.com/. Peter Kaukonen and The Curios perform along with special guest artists, Lee Parvin and Nancy Hall.