Brandon Jenkins

Live at the Blue Door

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Recorded live in a Southern coffeehouse, this album defines much of the Oklahoman's niche and assets -- a great voice, strong narratives and a basic finger-picking guitar style captivating the listener. Jenkins wastes no time during the early performance, starting with Gideon's Bible before moving into more rock/pop oriented tunes such as Government Housing Lot, which could perhaps be improved with a complete supporting cast. The voice evokes images of elder country outlaws such as the late Waylon Jennings and David Allen Coe while painting simple Americana vignettes. The slower tempos of Follow Through, co-written with Scott Hutchison, emit a very down-home, cozy feeling. What is absent is the between song banter, a common occurrence and often a double-edged sword depending on the story. Letting the music speak for itself, only on All For Love does the singer opt for a blues arrangement and the result is less than stellar. The two high points transpire during the honky-tonk of You're Gonna Leave Me Someday and also the hymnal quality to Send Down An Angel, both displaying Jenkins at his finest.

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