Kid Idaho
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Kid Idaho

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"CD review "Baby It's Been"

Kid Idaho describes himself as "…stripped of all the superfluous trappings that jangle from modern music today", so this Bluesbunny wonders how much self-important twiddling he's let himself in for. Thankfully, and rarely, the hype is more than somewhat justified.

Kid Idaho's punky energy comes as breath of fresh air when so many singer/songwriters wallow in worthiness. Don't get me wrong, there is a sensitive side to this CD, but its simplicity and directness shows a clear focus which has been lacking on so many of the CDs of this genre that this 'Bunny has had to wrap his ears around. The stripped down arrangements allow the songs to breathe, and Kid Idaho has been brave to leave the tracks as simple and clear as he has. This, in my opinion, shows a belief in his own work which is rare these days. It would be easy to build big arrangements full of orchestration and samples - as too many do - but no, Kid Idaho has stuck to his guns and let us hear his feelings and thoughts with the minimum of distraction and without any clutter which would have muddied the sentiments.

A stand-out track is a cover of the Blind Willie Johnson number, "Lord, I Just Can't Keep From Crying", sung accapella with nothing but the percussion provided by layered hand claps for company, the one man multi-tracked gospel choir turns in a powerful spiritual experience.

The only downside is its length. With 9 tracks in under 23 minutes - that works out to an average track length of 2-1/2 minutes - this mini LP is criminally short considering how good it is. It definitely shows quality over quantity and leaves you begging for more - much like the empty bottle of Jack Daniels in front of me.

Review by: Bluesbunny from Montgomery -


E.P. Baby It's Been. self released-2008



Kid Idaho is a manifestation of the beautifully twisted American Dream. Arrogant, confident, obsessive, drunk and passionate. Stripped of all the superfluous trappings that jangle from modern music today, Kid Idaho's acoustic sound is simple, aggressive, and requires no deconstruction to be appreciated. He takes cues from the likes of John Lennon, Neil Finn and Jack White in his songwriting and lyric style. one man and his guitar lamenting broken relationships, railing against inequality, and trying to make sense of life's assault. Fresh from four years in New York playing in various punk and rock bands, Kid Idaho now lives in Seattle and pursues his own unique vision as a singer-songwriter crafting intelligent lyrics, memorable melodies, and excellent guitar-playing. 2008 sees the release of, Baby It's Been, the first solo release from Kid Idaho. Dark, yet often upbeat, Baby It's Been is a raw collection of gritty acoustic folk Americana.