Greg Klyma has a new CD out titled “In The Meantime”. Imagined as a full
band record, Klyma instead found the beauty in the simplicity of these
stripped down versions. The ten songs deliver an emotional punch in their
honesty. Klyma still believes in the power of music to deliver a message,
whether love, politics or personal causes. This puts his songwriting on
par with Springsteen, Woody Guthrie, Steve Earle and Bob Dylan. Some heady
company that I’m quite comfortable including him in.
The CD starts with the track “World Of Love” as Klyma’s warm comfortable
vocal seeks the unconditional love we find in family only on a much broader
scale. “How’s It Goin’” is a down home mandolin and guitar jam that celebrates
the exuberance of making music. A couple of classics from Klyma’s old band
Stone Church, “A Brother’s Code” and “MacGruder’s Daughter (The Life Is
Good)”, both staples of his live show are included here in new versions.
Both warrant their inclusion on the disc.
You” deals with the ignorance of people who still harbor hate for others.
As Klyma writes in the liner notes “It’s our differences that define us.”
This is the discs strongest track both lyrically and musically. Many in
the world need to heed this message now. “Ghost Like Radio”, another outstanding
track, captures Springsteen’s “Nebraska” period. John Brady adds some fine
guitar on this track.
helping Klyma on “In The Meantime” in addition to Brady, who also sat in
as recording engineer, are Dan Sunday and the esteemed Marc Hunt who recorded
a few tracks and mixing engineer Doug White.
decision to release “In The Meantime” in this form is a blessing to all
those who appreciate the lost art of singer/songwriter. Of course we’d
still love to hear that full band CD dancing around in his head.
on this extraordinary artist go to www.klyma.com.