Another Great Ride With a Louisville Legend

World Keeps Turnin' (Independent)

Tim Krekel

By Kevin Gibson

Tim Krekel is one of Louisville's musical treasures, every few years sharing with us a piece of his soul and wisdom in the form of song, in between writing hits for nationally recognized artists, ranging from Crystal Gale to Jason and the Scorchers and playing in bands with people like Jimmy Buffet and Bo Diddley.

If there's a face of music hereabouts, it has to start with Krekel; now a slightly graying, bearded gentleman, Krekel, appearing in jeans and untucked, buttoned-down shirt on the CD art, comes across as the kind of guy you'd want to get the barstool next to or sit beside on a cross-country bus ride.

Then you hear his songs and you never want that ride to end.

On World Keeps Turnin', Krekel's latest, we get ten more personal gems, ranging from upbeat, folk-pop stompers to gentle ballads ("Angel's Share"), blues, country-rock and more. The themes encompass life itself, from depression to love to running away from heartbreak. He even surprises us with a food-as-love metaphor in "Green Beans and Taters," giving us this wink and smile of a lyric: "Green beans and taters on the stove / Leave 'em on all night let 'em cook real slow / Crawl into those flannel sheets / Ooh baby what a treat / I wanna smell your cookin' all night long."

I've always thought Krekel was at his best on upbeat pop-rockers like "Sunshine Baby," co-written with the magnificent Carter Wood, which appeared on his Happy Town album. But World Keeps Turnin' finds Krekel in a more melancholy mood and he expresses this both lyrically and musically.

"Turnin' Away From Love" features a lovely, haunting country melody while Krekel tells us the story of someone who is putting up emotional walls. "Lately you look so ragged / The edge of your heart's become jagged / You're turning away, turning away from love."

This leads into Krekel's "Glimpse of Paradise," an upbeat, tongue-in-cheek country rocker that details a dream after a knock on the head in which the storyteller gets a glimpse of a world without war, a world in which love is more important than money. The song features some sweet mandolin and steel guitar interplay and injects some fun into the album. (Plus, anytime you can work an image like "Allah, Buddha and Jesus singing in three part harmony" into a song, you've just got to do it.)

All in all, Krekel has once again put together a solid album with a great group of backing musicians, folks who excel at helping Krekel get his songs across. And for Krekel, it's all about the song, the emotion, the story. Fire up the bus and let's get rolling.

Find out more at Krekel performs every Thursday at Bluegrass Brewing Company in St. Matthews. ?>