Kurt Mahoney | Where the Heart Is

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Where the Heart Is

by Kurt Mahoney

Beautiful, introspective, thought/memory provoking songs of love lost and found, the road, and the state of our existance-oh yeah, and a barn-burning blues.
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1. Oh Mama
4:27 $0.99
2. Jimmy Stewart's Wings
5:09 $0.99
3. Angel
5:15 $0.99
4. The Outlaw's Bride
4:36 $0.99
5. Who's Gonna Be Your Baby
5:16 $0.99
6. Dear Grandpa
3:52 $0.99
7. Workin' On My Attitude
5:55 $0.99
8. Hey Little Girl
3:16 $0.99
9. One More Christmas Morning
6:05 $0.99
10. Wave to the Crowd
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11. The Most Beautiful Girl
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Album Notes
I began recording a new album with my reggae band Roots Foundation back in September 2007. During that time I wrote a song for my mother, who's birthday was coming in October. I decided to record a nice version of that song to send to her, which got me to thinking (always a dangerous prospect) about some songs that had been lingering without a home for quite some time.
I decided I'd record a couple of these songs as well, keeping it really simple-just acoustic guitar, voice, and a bit of steel guitar.
Before I knew it, I had an entire solo album going simultaneously with the reggae album!
There's some new songs, some old songs, but each song has a special place in my life, my heart, and on this record.
I have countless unreleased songs, but you don't just throw songs together and put out a record. At least I don't!
Instrumentally I kept it simple-steel, dobro, harmonica here and there, a bit of tambourine on a couple tunes, kick drum on another, and one song with a full drum kit, and the first recorded performance of yours truly on standup bass!
There's some very personal songs on this record, but if I didn't think they'd mean something to you, the listener, I wouldn't have included them. It was a very emotional, sometimes cathartic process, but again, it isn't just about me-I strongly believe and hope these songs will move you, inspire thoughts and feelings, take you on a journey.
The photo on the front cover was taken in the studio I recorded the album-that's my prized Martin D-76-my best friend for 32 years now...the shirt hangin' over the chair was my grandfather's bowling shirt-he had a tavern back in Sheboygan, Wis. called Midge's Tap (his affectionate nickname was 'Midge'). He meant a lot to me, and I have very fond memories of him, the tavern, as well as the town.
Some of these songs were written during and after a road trip I took to Memphis, then up to Sheboygan, across through South Dakota, and down to Northern California, then back down the coast home. I don't want to get too specific on the details, as it takes some of the fun out of the listening-better for you to project your own experiences onto the songs, and derive your own meanings.
I don't know what much else to tell you, but I think this is a beautiful record, and I hope you will too!
I don't plan on selling the songs individually, as I'm from the 'old school' where we listen to a record in its entirety, which is how this record is meant to be listened to.
I hope to hear from you-check out my website, shoot me an email, and encourage your radio stations to check it out and give it some airplay!(Folk/country/americana,etc).
Lastly, that new reggae record is just around the corner!
Kurt Mahoney



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Joe Ross

...and 1/2...Clever lyrics that draw folks into charming songs
California songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kurt Mahoney has some clever lyrics that draw folks into charming songs like “Jimmy Stewart’s Wings.” His cross-bending genre’s subtle instrumental shadings don’t always align with his vocal styling, but his original acoustic folk, balladry and blues-flavored narratives occasionally offer evocative moments such as when he sings about “The Most Beautiful Girl” or asks “Who’s Gonna Be Your Baby.” Tapping into the blues, “Workin’ On My Attitude” establishes a nice no-frills melodic riff, but the Kurt’s throaty drawl sounds a bit indifferent and unconvincing. I commend him for being able to successfully cover a great deal of cross-genre music. Mahoney’s low-key telling has introspective feelings that come across like musical correspondence addressed to “Dear Grandpa,” “Oh Mama,” or “Hey Little Girl.” We learn where Kurt Mahoney’s heart is …. it’s with all those people who have loved, supported, and inspired him during life’s inward and outward journeys. (Joe Ross, 29 Palms, CA)