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CD REVIEW: Kerry Polk – “Hardtop Jubilee”
By Stacey Board - 07/18/2004 - 05:17 PM EDT

Artist: Kerry Polk
Album: “Hardtop Jubilee”
CD Review: This is a pure shining example of great Austin style songwriting. It's story oriented, detail rich and full of emotion. It has a twang, swing, blues and old school feel and I mean that in a very good way. This isn’t the ‘new-country’ that has pop fans listening to ‘country’ but country fans wondering where the heck their music went.

Well it's right here. I can imagine “In The Twilight” having been chosen long ago by Patsy Cline as a song she would love to cover. Polk’s smooch voice is heavy with wisdom, sincerity and lessons learned. She can be smooth, sassy and sweet but she never gets overwrought.

The CD is also packed with such stellar players it almost hurts. They never overpower Polk but they also shine. Even on a bluesy song like “65 Ford Fairlane” some musicians might be tempted to beef up the arrangement but I think Polk’s more subtle treatment more effectively lets the song be up front. And the guitar work is wickedly good.

Forgive me for one of many car cliché’s Polk is going to get, but “Hardtop Jubilee” is a sweet enjoyable ride from start to finish.

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