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CD Review: Morrison Kincannon “Beneath the Redwoods”

Sometimes, it’s fun to come across an album of music from a different time period; especially if that album contains music that had never been available before. This happens to describe the situation surrounding the new album from a musical duo known as Morrison Kincannon.

It was back in the seventies that Norman Morrison and Terry Kincannon released a few single songs to be played on radio. And while they had a certain degree of success with one single back in 1978, which was basically the extent of the duo’s output. What was never released by the duo was a full length album of music, although the duo had created music that never saw an actual release.

But now, all of that changed when the record label Spacetalk got in contact with the duo to license the song “To See One Eagle Fly”. What happened was the unearthing of many unreleased songs that could have and truly should have been released during the decade of the seventies. With the unearthing of those all-but-unheard songs, the duo of Norman Morrison and Terry Kincannon, with the help of Spacetalk Records, combined the song “To See One Eagle Fly” and other tracks to create one album of music. That new album from Morrison Kincannon is entitled Beneath the Redwoods.

The Beneath the Redwoods album from Morrison Kincannon begins with the track “Feely”. Right from this first track, the listener is transported back in time to a time period when Soft Rock ruled AM Radio. The track features a solid Acoustic Rock feel to the music as the song starts off with a gentle musical delivery and slow pace to the music. Soon enough, however, the duo picks up the pace to create a quick-tempo’d passage in the song before the song eventually slows back down. The track alternates between slow passages and quicker ones. The commercial feel of this track almost ensures that this song would have made its way onto the charts had it been given the opportunity it deserved.

While the first track of the album contains a Soft Rock approach, the duo and the musicians who joined them changed things up in a big way with the next track. The song “I’ll Be OK Tomorrow” contains a much stronger Rock and Roll feel with a Soul influence to the music. That Soulful influence gives the song a completely different feel. Not only is the track a lot heavier in musical feeling, it also contains a much quicker pace once the band launches into a Santana-inspired groove. Like the previous track, “I’ll Be OK Tomorrow” easily would have been popular on the radio airwaves had it been released back at the time the track had been recorded.

It is the track that inspired the release of this collection of music that is next up. “To See One Eagle Fly” begins with the sound of the synthesizer. That makes the track different from the previous tracks as they had guitar-based feels to the music. The synthesizer is then joined by the rest of the band to create a track with a slightly psychedelic feel to the track. The resulting track combines a Jazzy feel of the music to a stronger Rock and Roll feel that comes from the electric guitars on the song. The song is one of those tracks that invite the listener to put on headphones to allow the music take them over. With this track, it is easy to see why the Spacetalk label wanted to rerelease the music of Morrison Kincannon.

One track that helps to show off the talents of Norman Morrison and Terry Kincannon is the song “Son Shine”. The track features only two guitars as the duo creates a track that would remind many of the style of Crosby, Still and Nash. And with only guitars and no drums or bass, the acoustic feel to the Folk-like track makes the listener nostalgic for the music of the seventies.  

Beneath the Redwoods from Morrison Kincannon is a time capsule of sorts as the music included in the album brings back the feel of the Soft Rock style of music as well as other styles from the seventies that would have helped to create entire radio formats that would become popular for years to come. For those who enjoy Easy Listening music, this is definitely one album that needs to be included in your current musical playlist. Fans of Christopher Cross, James Taylor, America and other Easy Listening artists from that era will absolutely enjoy this release. And for fans of extended jam-like songs, the album includes plenty of those tracks, as well.

While the world lost a good musical ensemble back in the seventies when both Norman Morrison and Terry Kincannon decided to set their music careers aside for family and other reasons, it can now enjoy what could have been with the release of this fantastic collection of fifteen tracks from the duo. As you listen to the entire album of music that is included on Beneath the Redwoods, the music alternates between groove-based songs that bring to mind the more progressive feel of music from the seventies and the lighter tracks that would have been right at home on AM Radio at the time. With this release from Morrison Kincannon, the combination of the two mindsets forms an album that will bring the listener right back in time. It may be many years after Norman Morrison and Terry Kincannon had created their music, but now is the time to discover what you never knew you had missed. 

To experience the music of Morrison Kincannon, check out the very track that inspired this album, “To See One Eagle Fly”.  

For more information, check out the PR firm for Norman Morrison, Whiplash PR by clicking on the company’s logo below:






Also check out the record label for the album, Spacetalk.  

To check out the Beneath the Redwoods album from Morrison Kincannon, click on the album cover below: 



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