RJ Cowdery (from the album What If This Is All There Is available as a self-release)
The question of What If This is All There Is that titles the recent release from Columbus, Ohio native, RJ Cowdery, allows her to answer wearing different skins. She shares “Secrets of My Dreams” in a hushed voice that greets the morning with gratitude while the “Girl in the War” threatens with a prayer as What If This Is All There Is offers a welcome home (“Somewhere a Place”), makes a plea for one last chance (“Don’t Give Up”), and sifts through scattered guitar notes in “Lost and Found” to find a place to land. What If This Is All There Is watches RJ Cowdery stand in the middle of too many options in the title track, balancing the fear of limitations with a reachable goal of ‘one song at a time’.
Wry humor is the sugar-coating for the words of RJ Cowdery as she tackles tough calls (“Get Out of Here”) and even tougher love (“Broken Wheel”). Of What If This Is All There Is RJ Cowdery feels that ‘the songs on the recording are conversations about change and loss, and ultimately, how I’m dealing with life in the middle. I’ve always tried to write about what I know and tell my story in a way that is your story too. Personal trials, aging, losing loved ones, and contemplating life. I hope these songs make you want to lean in and listen and keep in mind that we all have more in common than we think we do’. A lonesome trail finds a ragged rhythm to match its road as RJ Cowdery faces down bad love with vengeance for “Shotgun Rider”.
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