Red House Records recording artist Claudia Schmidt's latest is "Bend in the River: Collected Songs." She's jazzy, spacey, Celtic, Big Band and bluesy - whatever she chooses, Schmidt does it all very well - must be that nearly four decades of experience. There's a quote on her album by Garrison Keillor: "When Claudia sings a song, it stays sung." It doesn't get much better clearer than that. Even though the jazzy stuff is not my thing, the bluesy "Pretty at the End" is a knockout.
Rockin' Roll Call
Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
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