Byrd & Street

Stories of Life, Songs of Love

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Tommy Byrd and Kathy Street specialize in country-folk harmony on Stories of Life, Songs of Love. And while both singers are capable of solid solo work, the real inspiration here comes when their voices intertwine. "Baby, That's You" is a catchy opener, featuring both singers and revealing the duo's working-class sympathies. As the titles to a number of songs suggest, such as "Lonesome Without You" and "Melody of You," Byrd & Street also appreciate a good love song. Stories of Life, Songs of Love also receives a boost from an attractive set list and a fine group of musicians. Byrd & Street easily move from slow ballads to Western swing, and a number of these songs have nice flourishes -- an extra chord here, a nifty guitar part there -- that add a little something extra to the project. Other standouts include Street's bluesy vocal on "I'm Lonesome Without You" and Byrd's country-rocker "Hard Time." There's also an odd little fun song called "Zig Zag" that reminds one of a cross between jazz and pop. The album's arrangements, while never busy, are eclectically appropriate. Byrd & Street have put together a likable album with Stories of Life, Songs of Love that should appeal to both country and folk fans.

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