This is very much a Texas album, but Allan doesn't beat you over
the head with his Texas pride. There's an engagingly comfortable feel
to the playing, the vocals, the harmonies and the songwriting, as if
they worked the album up on the back porch, cut it in a studio and managed
to get the best of both worlds.
10 of the coolest songs to come to roots country fans in quite a while.
Glenn Allan and Kim Mackenzie harmonize like peas and carrots. Flaco Jimenez
adds the south Texas flavor to this album with his accordion work. This
is no run of the mill release. Country fans will love this album. This
CD should be on country radio everywhere!
Allan and Mackenzie have crafted a 10-cut CD that showcases their
instrumental prowess, engaging vocals and Allan's lyrics. The CD also
puts the group's range on display. Part country, part folk, part Tex-Mex
and all Texas, it's a mixture that works. The disc sounds great.
The recipe for "Paradise Texas" is
simple and, for this reason, so effective: a sound coming straight from
the hearts of these musicians to the hearts of those who have the sensibility
to appreciate its genuineness. ...the ideal soundtrack for every country
Suffice it to say that this CD sounds equally
good in the living room, as in the kitchen or the car, and I sure want
to see and hear this duo when I get to Texas the next time.
Glenn Allan and Kim Mackenzie take you on a very worthwhile journey
that proves to be entertaining as well as artistically sound. A complete
mixture of style and charismatic energy that flows from the beginning
of the upbeat "Goin' To Mexico" and doesn't let up until the last note
of "Death Of Me." The chemistry between the two performers is evident.
The listener has fun, and you can tell the duo had just as much fun recording
the CD while remaining focused on the goal. There is not a bad track
in the bunch.
Paradise, Texas would be a great place to settle down and raise some
kids. The streets are clean and everybody says 'hi'. Glenn Allan
and co-vocalist / fiddle player Kim Mackenzie work very well together
-- Mackenzie singing just below Allan, they combine to make a perfect
pair. If you lean towards the traditional, you'll find much to entertain
I really enjoy "Paradise,
Texas." It is a strong concentrate of different Texan musical
styles played and sung with passion and compentence by a very fine pair
of artists. And of course the presence of such a musical legend
like the great Flaco Jimenez sounds like a sort of endorsement in fact! Surely
more from that CD will follow on my show in the next weeks.
Thank you so much for this sending
this CD, one of the very good surprises of these last weeks. Usually,
when I listen to a new CD, I can find a maximum of 3 or 4 good songs acceptable
to be aired. The problem is totally different with Paradise, Texas; I
have to find the ones I will not air -- quite all the songs are musical
Thanks so much for sending the CD Paradise, Texas
by Glenn Allan with Kim Mackenzie. I love this CD!
John Conquest has written a very accurate review (as he always does).
am listened whole album through. Oh what a nice album! Flaco and
the guys plays vivid, roughly and tight to each songs. I love this kind
of music. It's excellent Tex-Mex music with country flavor to me.
Seems you're recorded this album with much fun and enjoyed.