|Sue Jeffers Wing|
Man's Ceiling Is Just Another One's Door"
Review by: Len
"Original Acid Folk" is the first thing thing I noticed upon entering Sue Jeffers website. Not just an excellent description but also a self statement. Hailing from Kent Ohio, Sue is surrounded by history of political activism and folk roots. Having attended Ohio State University myself, many of us thought of Kent State as the Ohio poly-cultural epicenter of the state. Possibly due to the Kent State riots which were precursors to the many university uprisings of the 70's. Possibly due to the music available on the subject.
In any and all cases Sue Jeffers is a credit and validation to that mystique. Influences of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Both Guthries Woody and Arlo, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan are present and brought forth in a reverent way. Sue's voice is unique, embracing, and has a Janis Joplin edge. Not a carbon of anyone, truly a one of a kind. Her lyrics are a strong reminder that folk music is or was the catalyst for free speech, political activism, and individual self expression. "One Man's Ceiling..." is a prime example of all.
Folk melodies with warm familiarity but still uniquely Sue Jeffers carry lyrics deeply rooted in emotion, experience, and message. Not the take all day to realize the meaning type of message, but ones with which this reviewer immediately related. Then comes the second listen and I realized the dawn of understanding is wider than originally perceived. For newer images unfold as this artist brings her life experiences and beliefs into her music. Her style with guitar are a compliment to the lyrics, but also propel her folk roots with individual style and personal appreciation.
Among the nine tracks, "Greenpeace Canvasser's Lament" which tells of social apathy, ignorance, and faulted excuses for lack of caring let alone involvement, contrasts and compliments the wide range of topics included on the CD. "White Bread & Tuna" an honest and introspective look at relationships when communication has a break down shows a more personal side of Jeffers. The selections have musical flow and continuity yet each song delivers a separate message. Showing the proof of the title that "One Man's Ceiling Is Just Another One's Door" is more than a title, but also an overview of the total experience of the CD. This is Acid Folk and very original. Not any sort of repeat of other artists style or work. Sue Jeffers owns her music in the traditional style of those she is influenced by. And she does them both honor and growth. Check out more about this renaissance Folk artist at her website. A revealing look and great entertainment.
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