The Alternate Root Review
Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough (from the album Mockingbird Soul)
Patience proved to be a valuable tool in the creation of Mockingbird Soul, the recent co-billed album from Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough. The pair had been writing songs for several years as well as recording and touring together. Mockingbird Soul gracefully puts on display the results, the title track echoing Blues on an arrangement existing of a bass line and electric guitar notes as Brigitte DeMeyer encourages to pay attention to the quiet and hear the ‘whisper of your mockingbird soul’. Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough give low tones and hushed interpretation center stage on Mockingbird Soul. A peaceful stillness wraps around the album, Will Kimbrough providing the intention of the musicians behind Mockingbird Soul saying that ‘we kept it spare so that each instrument would have its own space to swagger around. You can hear the wood of the instruments, the lyrics. And the voices, too. That’s the living, breathing heart of it. We wanted this to be about the two of us’.
Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough mend “Broken Fences” asking ‘forgiveness be my friend’ as guitar notes float like cool, crisp fall air in “October Song”, chords are plucked to marked steps for vagabond toes to dance across Cajun staging in “Carpetbagger’s Lullaby”, and thick strings flutter like wings in “Honey Bee”. Mockingbird Soul is an audio imprint of fine art, a museum-quality album curated so that every brush stroke and color is clearly displayed in words and music. “Everything” begins the album as the song opens its heart with a declaration of love. Brigitte DeMeyer dreamily asks “Until Then” to ‘take me where I’ve never been” on quiet chords forming over an assured rhythm that leads through her reverie. Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough join voices to glide on the gentle waves riding over glimmering water in the story line of “Little Easy” and ward off “Rainy Day” with shuddering guitar slides and a rattling tambourine as Mockingbird Soul cakewalks into “The Juke” on a cool Mississippi River groove.