Rootstime Review of The White Cat Sessions

LESLIE KRAFKA – THE WHITE CAT SESSIONS
Hoewel de dertien liedjes al sinds 2010 klaar lagen in de kast, heeft het toch nog tot nu geduurd vooraleer de Amerikaanse songschrijfster Leslie Krafka uit Houston, Texas ze aan de buitenwereld kon voorstellen via haar debuutplaat “The White Cat Sessions”. In 2010 werd ze bovendien al door de ‘Houston Songwriters Association’ gelauwerd als ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ zonder nog maar één song op plaat te hebben gezet.

Als producer voor haar eerste plaat koos Leslie Krafka voor de ervaren Jack Saunders die in de ‘White Cat Studios’ in Houston achter de knopjes plaatsnam en bovendien naast het leveren van ‘harmony vocals’ ook op zowat alle tracks meespeelde op gitaren, basgitaar, mandoline en mondharmonica.

Leslie Krafka presenteert op deze plaat een gevarieerde mix van muziekgenres als folk, Americana en country. Die countrysound krijgen we al meteen in de eerste song “Black Cadillac”, een uptempo countryrocker die het album op gepaste wijze in gang trapt. Het daaropvolgende “Mary” is een duet tussen Leslie Krafka en haar muzikale voorbeeld Terri Hendrix, de Texaanse singer-songwriter die al meer dan 20 jaar actief is in het Americana-genre.

Een onderwerp als de liefde is natuurlijk welgekomen voor haar liedjes, zoals te horen valt in “Does Your Heart Long For Me” en “All The Luck” (zie video) waarin ze haar verhaal vertelt vanuit het standpunt van iemand die zich door de hele wereld verlaten voelt en over welke gevoelens en gedachten dit bij zo iemand teweeg brengt. Het inlevingsvermogen van Leslie Krafka in een lijdende medemens is indrukwekkend en deze songtekst dwingt de luisteraar tot nadenken.

Het volgende nummer is “Wandering Troubadour”, een countryballad die in 2010 tot song van het jaar werd verkozen door alweer diezelfde ‘Houston Songwriters Association’ en die nu pas op plaat werd gezet. Verdere leuke liedjes op “The White Cat Sessions” zijn het rockende “A Little White Lie”, het passievolle verhaal over een pijnlijk afgelopen relatie in de emo-ballad “Were We Ever Together” en het logische vervolgverhaal daarop in “You’ll Never See Me Cry” en in “I Don’t Cry Anymore”.

Helemaal aan het einde van deze plaat volgt de song “I Miss Your Company” waarvan de songwriter-credits worden toegeschreven aan ‘The High Sierra Songwriters Group’, een collectief dat van het schrijven van liedjes voor diverse artiesten hun professionele bezigheid heeft gemaakt en waarvan Leslie Krafka sinds een tijdje deel uitmaakt. Als debuutplaat kan het album “The White Cat Sessions” zeker geslaagd worden genoemd en het is absoluut een bevestiging van het grote songschrijvertalent dat er in deze Leslie Krafka schuil gaat. Kom dus maar snel met een even geslaagde opvolger!

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Rootstime Album Review – The White Cat Sessions

Click on the link below to read the reviewFreddy Celis of Rootstime wrote on my CD The White Cat Sessions.

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The White Cat Sessions now available for Download

Leslie Krafka: The White Cat Sessions
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Family Reunion Country’s Song of the Week

Thank you Family Reunion Country for naming my song All The Luck as your song of the week. And thank you for the kind words. I certainly appreciate it.
Song of the Week: All The Luck by Leslie Krafka

I love Leslie Krafka’s voice. It has a vulnerability and earnestnest to it, like an early Linda Rondstat. Listening to Leslie, you feel like you’ve known her for years. She uses that intimate sound to great effect in her song, “All The Luck.” In this waitress’-eye-view of drinking to forget, Leslie paints a vivid picture of what it’s like to feel stuck as others (and life itself) seem to pass you by. Drawing on the influence of her fellow Texas songwriters, Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker, she puts you smack dab in the middle of the story. With lines like, “No one comes here ’cause they’re happy, but happy’s what they’re looking for,” she sings with the experience of one who knows. But despite the somber tone of her lyrics, the music is surprisingly upbeat and wonderfully melodic. In the end, the two opposing forces reconcile as Leslie confesses that “What lies in me is like the spring underneath the drifts of snow.” And it’s that ray of hope in all our lives that keeps depression from turning to despair. And with that little bit of hope, sometimes all we need to make it is a little luck. Having heard and felt this song, I wish Leslie “all the luck” in the world!
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CD Review and a Patchwork Quilt

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The White Cat Sessions got a really nice review by music blogger Oliver di Place. It’s very well done and Oliver’s metaphorical patchwork quilt of female artists is so apropos. Check it out and give all the songs a listen. You’ll be glad you did.

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AltCountry Forum review of Leslie Krafka – The White Cat Session

Wow, I got an international CD Review. AltCountry Forum in The Netherlands reviewed The White Cat Sessions. If you copy and paste the article into Google Translation, you can get the jest of the content. Sounds like they liked it to me!! Check it out and get your copy of the CD today…order on line at www.MyTexasMusic.com or www.CDBaby.com or download it on iTunes.

http://www.altcountryforum.nl/2011/07/17/leslie-krafka-the-white-cat-sessions/

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Check out OurStage

Our Defining Time, by Leslie Krafka on OurStage

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Widgets Are Easy


Once upon a time a widget was a fictitious object.  Widgets represented some non-descript product that could be manufactured and sold.  Business students would have to manufacture, sell, distribute and market widgets for their ficticious business.  Now, they really do exist, and they deliver a way for my music to be purchased digitally on the internet.  Who knew?  Still, if you’re old school and would like a CD in your hand, just send me an email at leslie@lesliekrafka.com  and I’ll be happy to mail one out to you. 

Cheers,

Leslie

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The White Cat Sessions now available

Hey all….May has been a fun so far. I’ve played shows at The Old Quarter in Galveston, one at Waldo’s Coffeehouse in the Heights, a house concert at my friends The Thompson’s house. There’s more to come….I’m playing my first Soup Night and the Hops House on Wednesday the 18th, and going to Kerrville this year as a Regional New Folk Finalist. I get to play a song at Ballad Tree on Thursday the 26th….Oh, and my usual gig at Bohemeo’s with the Big Lizard Band, I can’t forget that on Saturday the 21st at 2:00 pm. Remember, if you don’t have a copy of The White Cat Sessions yet…it’s easy to get. Follow the link and either purchase or download: www.cdbaby.com/cd/lesliekrafka
or www.mytexasmusic.com/lesliekrafka/

Muchas Gracias!!

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

I really like this saying because it implies that even when the weather’s not what you want it to be, it will pay off dividends with flowers. The same can be said for life. We must be patient and remember that even when it life isn’t going our way, sometimes it pays big dividends later. Of course some real showers would be nice to. We’ve got half the state dry as a bone and fires cropping up everywhere.

Last weekend, I had the good fortune to be a part of the Songwriter’s Serenade in Hallettsville, Texas. I was the guest at the magnificent TR Ranch owned by the McDaniel’s. There in the rolling hills, with cattle lowing and a beckoning blue sky, 25 songwriters came together to compete, yes, but also to make new friends and share their art. In the end I did well, going to the finals on Saturday and placing somewhere in the bottom half (6-12) of the group. Honestly, I didn’t expect to make it that far.

Remember, if you haven’t purchased a copy of my CD, The White Cat Sessions, go to www.CDbaby.com or www.mytexasmusic.com and purchase or download a copy. Remember, I’m happy to personalize a copy and send it to you, just me an email here form the website at leslie@lesliekrafka.com

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