Author James Kahn has a new novel, Matamoros, and he has created a well-produced companion album, full of vintage sounding fiddle and mandolin, that add color and flavor to his historical saga. On the numerous verses of “Skully’s Redemption” Kahn’s voice invests the song with an Irish lilt as he relates a protagonist’s trek to the Mexican-American War. These wartime exploits continue on “Matamoros,” highlighted by martial snare, excellent accordian, a banjo solo and the French Foreign Legion. Our favorite is “So Long The River,” the most contemporary-sounding of the three, whose soothing, atmospheric vibe is a pleasure. Kahn’s suite of songs is tailor-made for a visual, theatrical treatment.
Seeking: Film/TV, Distribution, Marketing
Style: Folk, Americana