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Carl Kaye & Route Sixty-Six – Dead End Road

CD Review: Carl Kaye & Route Sixty-Six – Dead End Road

by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International


Heartland (nice slow duet by Willie Nelson / Bob Dylan)

Dead End Road (rock, by J. J. Cale)

Cajun Moon (sung in bluesy by Jessy with subtle drums)

You Ain’t Going Nowhere (written by Bob Dylan in 1967 after his accident; I like it very much)

Everybody Knows (by Leonhard Cohen & Sharon Robinson)

Devil In Disguise (in the Tulsa sound by J. J. Cale)

What Was It You Wanted (one of Bob Dylan’s best tracks, also covered by Willie Nelson)

Rhumba Girl (by Jesse Winchester)

It’s Only Rock’n Roll (by Rodney Crowell)

Mama’s Broken Heart (very good dance number sung by Jessy)

Witchy Woman (sounds mystical, was first recorded by the Eagles in 1972)

Still Is Still Moving To Me (by Willi Nelson; a beautiful duet)

Je Suis Désolé (by Mark Knopfler; strikingly beautiful guitar playing communicates  I’m sorry)

I Ain’t Living Long Like This (Country song by Rodney Crowell 1978)

Don’t Give Up (by Peter Gabriel 1986; very nice duet, have courage and don’t give up, things are looking up again; the song has been covered many times by different bands)


Fifteen tracks, a musical cross-section over about twenty years of music, the theme runs like a red thread through the CD, songs about separation, farewell, despair and hope. Very well covered by the musicians and the singer of the band Route Sixty-Six: Jessy (vocals), Carl Kaye (vocals, pedalsteel, dobro, accordion), Hans Zinkl (guitars), Roland Guggenbichler (keyboards, organ), Christoph Petschina ( bass), Christian Sandera (harp), Wolfgang Wehner (drums & percussion) and Nicolas Geremus (fiddle, track 13). Recorded in the Hilltop studio by and with Carl Kaye.

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