CD Review: "Chances"

June 10, 2008

by Ross Rice, editor, Roll Magazine

Switching easily between acoustic guitar and banjo with a distinctive frailing style, Kelleigh McKenzie supports her impressively supple wide-ranged voice, wrapping that voice around some truly classic sounding songs.  Producing in tandem with partner and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Michne, and performing with a confidence that is on par with Joni Mitchell and Nanci Griffiths, McKenzie brings the songwriting goods with standouts "Gin" and "Call It A Day" that make you stop what you're doing to pay attention.  McKenzie apparently has recently weathered an unwanted hiatus of almost a decade due to a mysterious ailment that left her wracked with pain and unable to play music.  This CD does have a sense of making up for lost time.  She does indeed - one of this year's best.

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