(27 February 2000) The self-titled and independently
produced debut album
photo) by father and daughter duo
Stu & Keri Lynn Huggens
was released in 1999. The pair of five-track Digital Audio Music (DAM)
(Stu & Keri Lynn Huggens
Same Old Game)
together contain the same tracks as the self-titled
commercial release. MP3's DAMs will play mp3 format on computer
using provided Macromedia software as well as normal audio on a
standard CD player.
Classified by the Lancaster, Pennsylvania
artists as 'American Music,' the album is rooted in country, touched
by swing, enriched in blues, tempered by folk and kicked by rock.
Well produced and balanced instrumentation backs lovely vocal
work by the duo. Keri Lynn
is a very attractive young lady with an equally stunning voice; note
her visual similarity to the everso popular Katie Holmes
(Dawson's Creek). Further
information and photographs are available at the artist's
official website while
free music downloads are available at
webpage. [all Photos © Krisha Martzall, 1999]
Vocals for the album are deeply rooted in a country style.
Keri Lynn sings sweetly in mid register and has quite a bit of
power. The photos available at their website and critics' acclaim
indicate she must be dynamite to see perform live. While Keri Lynn
likely has an equally extensive range, the songs on the album don't
Stu sings, plays acoustic guitar and wrote or co-wrote most of the
material on the album. Further instrumentation is
provided by supporting musicians: Mickey Dean (lead guitar); Mike
Bitts (bass and baritone guitar); Dave Spak (drums and percussion);
Lee Derstler (pedal and steel guitar); Chris DeVitry (fiddle);
Mike Wolpert (keyboards and piano); Dave Huxta (bass on "Troubled
Waters") and Paul Keaveney (acoustic slide guitar).
The duo alternate singing lead while the other sings
harmonies—an effective and attractive combination of voices.
Stu sings lead vocals on "Solid Roots" and the sensitive ballad
"That's What Love Is About." He also leads the way on the album's
closing track, a swinging bluesy number entitled "Why Did I Bite
Keri Lynn sings lead on "Same Old Game, Brand New Love" and the
two tracks she wrote for the album, sensitive ballads entitled
"Troubled Waters" and "My Child." She also sings lead on the
swinging country tune "All Hat, No Cattle."
The country ballad "All Over Again Tonight" and the rocking tune
"Trouble's Coming" are sung as thoughtfully produced duets.
A cross between swing and rock, Stu also sings lead on "When Elvis
Gives Another Cadillac Away."
Clearly the album is a collection of eclectic and interesting
interesting vocal numbers. The complete album may be purchased from
the artists' website or as two CDs from mp3.com. Different from the
music reviewed typically at Musical Discoveries, we found the music
easy to sample online and the technical quality of their commercial
release to be quite good. It should be further explored by those
wishing to expand their entertainment sphere—a nice listen!.