After years of writing, recording, touring and collaborating Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough join together as an official duo on Mockingbird Soul which was released on January 27th. The twelve-song collection (of which the two co-wrote ten) begins with DeMeyer taking the lead on the soothing, romantic “Everything” which is followed by the “Broken Fences” a song that spotlight the duo’s harmonies, and the funky-blues of “The Juke” which features Kimbrough’s harmonica and DeMeyer’s sultry vocals. The diverse project includes the jazz inspired old-timey feel of “Running Round” lends itself to the theme of the passage of time, the bluesy gospel-tinged title track, the glorious duet “Little Easy,” and the affecting “I Can Hear Your Voice” which tells of the ache of a parent who is physically present but whose mind has flown.
Mockingbird Soul is rounded out with “Honey Bee” whose strong bass line alongside DeMeyer’s smoky vocals exudes a sexy playfulness, the tender “Carpet Bagger’s Lullaby” (which DeMeyer cowrote with Oliver Wood) and album highlight “Until Then” before closing with a cover of the Incredible String Band’s “October Song.”
By blending their varied influences, the duo has arranged a set of songs that are scaled back yet encompassing, crafting an album that’s varied and cohesive, compelling and enchanting, and ultimately, moving.