Jennings & Keller (from the album You Can’t Go Home Again)
A decade into performing as a duo, Jennings & Keller release You Can’t Go Home Again, their fourth studio album. A background as a Shakespearian actor gives Laurie Jennings Oudin (guitar) a dual approach in her delivery for the stories on You Can’t Go Home Again, theatrical training partnering with the richness in her voice to portray a full array of emotions. Backing words with music, Dana Keller (dobro, pedal steel, guitar) touches the tales with accents and rhythms cultivated over years of performing as a backing musician for artists such as Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Stevie Wonder, Larry Graham, Marvin Gaye, and Dave Mason. Together, the Florida-based duo create a gentle bed of Folk and Americana to create a Jennings & Keller branded style of Fusion Folk Americana.
Light touches on guitar strings freckle the air with flickering notes as Jennings & Keller return from the pull of wanderlust in the tale making a plaintive request for “Juliana” to come out and play. Falling deep into the emotions of the songs, Jennings & Keller use The Beatles to soundtrack the story of shy lovers in “Toll Booth Romance” as the pair follow the couple burying their own passions in “Black Satin”, shake up the rhythms for the future hopes in “Things Might Turn Around”, and cover a memory with hints of Country Folk for the memories of the title track. You Can’t Go Home Again turns its pages with tales of the heart, the duo looking into the mirror to find “Two People” as Jennings & Keller walk the trail of history in “The Great Migration” and offer optimism as “Gotta Hold On” basks in the glow of a better tomorrow.
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