Fans of Guy Clark, Tom Russell, Robert Earl Keen, and Kris Kristofferson will be saying “What’s Not To Love About That?” when they hear the latest CD from Nashville-by-way-of-North Carolina singer-songwriter Kurt Fortmeyer. Rooted firmly in the traditional storytelling styles of his heroes, Kurt delivers ten of his best on this self-released offering, three solo writes and seven co-writes with good friends such as Bo Thomas, CJ Watson, and Trent Jeffcoat…all but one written since he moved to Nashville.
With his acoustic guitar, his harmonicas, and his “I want to tell you a story” voice, Kurt takes his listeners on an emotional journey from the inspirational tale “My Dog Jesus” (he’s man’s best friend and then some) to the just-about-giving-up-hope honky-tonk of “I’m Not A Fool (I Just Play One On Jim Beam)”, the joys of love found in the soulful title track and “I’ve Fallen Awake” to the lost love lament “I Can’t Remember Mexico”, and the war-is-hell-on-the-home-front seriousness of “I Recall My Daddy” to the sublimely silly talking blues of “The One Hundred Letter Word”. Whether the listener wants to kick back or just kick, with the good mix of tempos on this CD, there is something for everyone here.
Recorded and produced at Rough Edges Studio in Nashville by Duane Sciacqua, whose professional credits include Rodney Atkins, Vince Gill, Glen Frey, and Paul McCartney, “What’s Not To Love About That?” is a must listen for folks who like their Americana on the acoustic folkie/country side. In addition to Kurt’s guitar and harmonicas, the CD is laden with Duane’s tasteful playing on the mandolin, dobro, and acoustic guitar. Jose Primero lends his accordion to a couple of tracks. Co-writer and good friend Bo Thomas added backing vocals on every track, and there is a special guest vocal appearance by Jessica Brooks on “Jack In Common”. Kurt even gets his family involved, with his wife and youngest daughter joining Bo, Jessica, and him for an album-closing gang chorus.
You can find Kurt on the Web at www.kurtfortmeyer.com and www.myspace.com/kurtfortmeyer.