As an extension of his first CD concept, MrR’s second release Always Blue adds vocals on five of the nine tracks. With a slight departure of the solo concept, MrR adds a new young talent as a bonus; Jordon Annika Smith is singing backing vocals on three tunes to complement MrR’s lead vocals. As one critic stated by using an old adage “…her voice is as pure as the driven snow, after listening to “Better Than That”, I wanted more, and I wanted to hear more of her, write her a song...”
The songs on Always Blue delve into a more contemporary “adult album alternative” genre, combining; blues (“Always Blue”), R&B/Rock (“Better than That” & “I Wanna Thank You”), Latin (“Pura Vida” & “Por Paco”), with the Jazz/Acid Jazz jams that were present on the first release Sonoran Sunset.
Some interesting original artwork by a long-time artist friend, Joan E. Lewis, wraps it all up into a nice package and makes Always Blue something to add to everyone’s CD or Digital collection.