Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Fri., June 18, 2004
Kimmie RhodesLost & Found (Sunbird)
Although it's just leftovers from the past seven years, Lost & Found is better than might be expected. Nevertheless, it demonstrates Kimmie Rhodes' continuing lack of originality, that which separates her from other like-minded artists, Emmylou Harris and Nanci Griffith among them. Lost & Found is full of atmospheric folk that's well recorded and played, but it seldom rises above a whisper. After 13 fanciful tunes, you're dying to hear her go Chrissie Hynde on a track. Recorded between 1996's West Texas Heaven and 2003's Picture in a Frame, the disc is obviously outtakes, yet there's not a clinker in the bunch. Tracks include a few interesting co-writes, with Waylon Jennings ("Lines") and Gary Nicholson ("Daddy's Heaven," "War Prayer"), as well as a piano-based cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Catfish Song." Two standouts are "The Past Never Happened," a bit of contemporary country fluff, and the bluesy, cutesy "Born in a Barn." Unfortunately there's very little info provided about when the tunes were recorded or who plays and/or produced each track, which would have provided some context for these otherwise likeable recordings.