” DRIVEN FROM THE HEART”

I MOST RECENTLY CAME ACROSS A MUSIC GUY NAMED CRAIG KENDALL AND HIS ALBUM CALLED “LOVE HER TIL I DIE” AND THIS ALBUM HAS VERY IMPRESSIVE QUALITIES TO IT FROM THE START. THE FIRST TRACK CALLED “LOVE HER TIL I DIE” CRAIG BRINGS IN A SENSITIVE SIDE TO HIS MUSIC AND THE SONG HAS SUBSTANCE AND MEANING. WITH THE NEXT SONG STARTING CALLED “JEANIE IN A BOTTLE” BRINGS IN THE UMPH TO IT AND HAS RHYTHM AND A TRUE SOUND OF GEAR DRIVEN MUSICALITY TO IT. “SAIL AROUND THE WORLD” IS A SONG THAT CRAIG BRINGS IN HIS SOFTER SIDE TO HIS MUSIC AND THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR IS PHENOMENAL AND REALLY ALLOWS ONE TO HEAR THE TRUE ARTISTRY OF CRAIG AND HIS MEANING FUL LYRICS AND TOTAL MUSICAL ABILITIES. “DRINKIN’ A BEER” THE GUITAR RIPS THROUGH THE SONG AND REALLY SHOWS AND HAS THE FEEL OF AN ALMOST GRUNGISH ROCK SONG THAT KIND OF BROUGHT IN OTHER ELEMENTS TO IT. KIND OF DIFFERENT THAN WHAT I HEARD ON THE LAST THREE TRACKS. “DADDY’S WISH” IS ANOTHER SONG THAT KEEPS THE SMOOTHNESS FLOWING THROUGH IT, AND CRAIG HAS THE WAY OF BRINGING IN HIS STORIES OF LIFE AND HAS TELLS IT VERY POINTEDLY TUCKED WITHIN HIS MUSIC.  “10, 6 & 4″ HAS AN ALMOST OLD FEELING OF MUSIC THAT SOUNDED ALMOST DISTANT FROM THE REST OF THIS ALBUM, EVEN THOUGH CRAIG CONTINUES HIS STORIES OF LIFE, LOVE AND THINGS, THIGS THAT HAVE AFFECTED AND INFLUENCED CRAIGS MUSICAL STYLE. ‘WHEN I GET HOME” IS A VERY SMOOTH AND POLISHED SONG AND WITH CRAIGS ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND HIS VOCALS ON THIS BRING IN THE FOLK SOUND AND ALLOWS TO HEAR CRAIGS VULNERABLE,  BUT NICE VOCALS. THE MUSICALITY IS GOOD AND THIS IN MY OPINION IS WHO CRAIG IS AS A SINGER SONGWRIGHTER AND IS A QUITE GOOD.. “COWBOYS PARADISE” CRAIG CONTINUES HIS REAL AND STORY TELLLING WITHIN HIS SONGS ON THIS SONG AND KEEPS WITHIN THE BORDERS OF COUNTRY AND FOLK, BUT ONCE AGAIN HIS ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND RHYTHM IS SPOT ON. “TEARS OF AN ANGEL” CRAIGS ACOUSITIC IS JUST OUT OF THIS WORLD. AS I LISTENED I NOTICED CRAIG SINGS WITH PASSION AND CONVICTION, AND THIS IS WHEN YOU HEAR THAT SOUND THAT ALLOWS YOU TO HEAR HIS CONVICTIONS IN HIS VOICE AND THE LYRICS THAT EQUALLY MATCH THIS THIS PARTICULAR SONG IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE ON THIS ALBUM.”NEW WHISKEY DAY” CRAIG HAS A WAY OF BRINGING IN HIS MUSICALITY TO THE SURFACE WHERE A LOT OF HIS SONGS TEETER BETWEEN COUNTRY AND FOLK BUT THROUGHOUT THE ALBUM REMAINS CONSISTENT WITH THIS SOUND. THE NEXT SONG CALLED “CALL OF THE WILD” CRAIG ROLLS OUT WITH A STRUM ALONG SONG THAT IS CATCHY AND HAS GOOD RHYTHM TO IT. “SHE MAKES ANGELS CRY” CRAIG USHERS A DINSTINCTIVE SOUND TO THIS WHICH IS AN ALMOST BORDERLINE ROCK AND ROLL AND WASN’T QUITE SURE WHERE TO PLACE THIS SONG, WITH THIS BEING SAID CRAIG SHOWCASES HIS SONGWRITING WHERE HIS LYRICS ARE HIS STRONGPOINT IN EVERY SONG THGROUGHOUT. WITH THE NEXT SONG CALLED ‘MIDNIGHT TRAIN” CRAIG BRINGS IN THE SOUND OF MYSTIC KIND OF FUSION BASED ROCK AND A VERY STIRRING KIND OF SOUND TO IT AND THE GUITAR IN THE SONG BRING AN ALMOST BLUES FLAVOR TO IT. “BRIDGE I WISH I’D NEVER BURNED’ HAS A ROCK AND ROL FEEL TO IT AND HAS THAT EVER STRUMMING AND CRAIG SHOWS A ROUGHER SIDE TO HIS MUSICALITY ON THIS SONG. THE ELEMENT OF BLUES ARRIVES AGAIN ON THIS SONG CALLED”HOT BLOODED COLD CHEATER” WHERE CRAIG HAS AN ALMOST LATE 60’S FLAVOR ON THIS SONG AND IS KIND OF DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE STYLE AND ADDS TO HIS TOTAL MUISCALITY AND TREMENDOUS MUSICAL DIVERSITY.  “I’LL ALWAYS HAVE THE OCEAN” IS A REALLY ENJOYABLE SONG WHERE THIS SONG ALLOWS YOU TO HEAR THE TRUE CRAIG AND WHO HE IS AS A SINGER AND THIS IS THE STYLE THAT I REALLY SEEM TO ENJOY MOST ABOUT CRAIGS WONDERFUL AND POINTED AND CRAFTY MUSIC. CRAIG & AND THIS SHOWCASES HIS LYRICAL CONTENT THROUGHOUT. THIS IS A TRULY GIFTED AND A MOST ENJOYABLE SONG, AND ANOTHER FAVORITE OF MINE ON THIS WONDERFUL AND AMAZING ALBUM. “MY BROTHER” IS YET ANOTHER SONG THAT SHOWCASES CRAIG AND HIS TREMENDOUS VOCAL RANGE, CRAIG SHOWS HIS SPIRITUAL SIDE ON THIS SONG, AND HIS ACOUSTIC TALENTS ARE VIVID AND CLEAR ON THIS PLEADING AND MEANINGFUL SONG, THAT CRAIG PRESENTS THROUGH HIS GIFTED LYRICS. “TRAPPED HERE IN THE MOMENT” IS A COLORFUL AND A VERY ECLECTIC SONG THAT ADDS A GREAT AMOUNT OF MUSIC ELEMENTS TO IT AND HAS A SOUND THAT IS REALLY ENJOYABLE AND ONCE AGAIN, SHOWCASES CRAIGS WONDERFUL AND SPIRITUALLY DRIVEN LYRICS, AND THE USE OF REVERB AND OVERDUBS WITHIN ADD TO THE MYTIQUE OF CRAIGS MUSICAL STYLE. CRAIF HAS A SOUND THAT MEETS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN COUNTRY, FOLK AND BLUES, AND IS DRIVEN BY HIS  POWERFULLY CHARGED LYRICS THAT ADD SO MUCH SUBSTANCE AND FULLFILING MEANING TO THIS ENTERTAINING AND ENJOYABLE ALBUM. CRAIG AND HIS MUSIC REFLECT HIM AS A ONE TO CONTEND WITH, WITHIN OTHERS IN THE INDUSTRY THAT SHARE THE SAME VISION THAT CRAIG MAINTAINS THROUGHOUT THIS AT TIMES HAUNTING BUT SUPERB ALBUM. I REALLY LOOK FORWARDS TO HEARING MORE FROM CRAIG AND HIS SPIRITUALLY CHARGED AND ARRANGED MUSIC. I ALSO THANK CRAIG FOR ALLOWING ME TO HEAR HIS WONDERFUL MUSIC AND WONDERFUL FRIENDSHIP ALONG OUR MUSICAL JOURNEYS AND PERHAPS I WILL BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE CRAIGS STYLE IN PERSON.

STEVEN F. ADAMS

MUSIC PUBLICIST/REVIEWER. OWNER SoundWaveOne Bakersfield California

c 2018 used by permission

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Author: SOUNDWAVEONE Steven F. Adams

I have a very extensive broadcasting & music back round. with over 30 years experience. I started a writing career, with the idea bringing notice to the industry, writing about individuals, from all around the globe, all genres and remaining consistent with my slogan of "Hearing is Believing", and bringing out the "positive" in all artists no matter how small, big or different. I feel all need to be given that chance to be noticed for their talents and allow others to hear, and be exposed to their craft. As of date I have written well over 180 music album reviews and continue to acquire more everyday. Some legends, some independent artists, but all in all my wish is they get the to share the stage lights within the industry and with my "Positive " music posts through my writing about them and reviewing their album always in a "Positive" forum.

One thought on “” DRIVEN FROM THE HEART””

  1. Hi, this is Craig Duwayne Kendall. Steven has written his feelings about my very HEART FELT album. I am grateful for his comments. It is hard, but rewarding to write, sing, play all instruments and produce an album. The fear of any musician is to have someone listen to their music and tear it apart for technical reasons. To have them not listen to the music, but to just listen for problems. Steven has listen to my music, and he knows me. Songs are like a songwriters children. Sharing them with the world is a risk we take. Thanks you Steven for letting me share my dreams and children with you.

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