West of Texas
A New Mexico native, Kris Hollis Key, settled in Oklahoma during the late 70's after spending most of his young adult life touring in bands in the south and southwest. Engineering and producing from Sunset West Studios in tulsa, his first release since leaving Oklahoma,(Return Of Boy Howdy) was a mix of strong rockabilly blues and classic tulsa sound. His new release (West Of Texas) is a haunting and lonly, pure rocking country with emphisis on life in a small western town, pure prarie blues and stylistic songwriting, without any of the typical Nashville influence that is so prevelent today. Honest and powerful in it's simplcity, this album delivers a wide mix from the reggie bass within a country beat as in, All Tore Down, to the island hopping vacation song, Into The Big Fire, the new orleans dirge beat of, The Messenger, from the opening blast of the first track, Long Desert Highway to the last soul searching cut of, Waiting to Fly, an album of serious songs and inspiration,with a sly twist that spells what next from this artist?NEXT: New for 2009 (AMERICAN SPIRIT) just released,high desert western rock:.