The self-titled debut Foxhound album is everything I expected plus far more. Foxhound takes the talents of Chris Kasper and Kiley Ryan and combines them in way that makes these gifted artists shine. I’ve seen Foxhound live several times and this album captures that spirit and covers it in marvelousness.
Foxhound opens with “Sea Walls” where we first get to witness the collaborative synergy of this musical dynamic duo. Kiley Ryan’s fiddle playing is mesmerizing and an encompassing force of warm sound. Then we hear that incredibly beautiful and comforting voice of Chris Kasper, “selling things I really don’t need, givin’ away all those pieces of me.” Kiley Ryan adds her wonderfully sincere voice on harmonies. Oh my, if I ever for a second questioned my love, support, and admiration for Foxhound (which I never have) this song could easily reassure me and I would immediately be back on team Foxhound. Ok, take that sentiment and multiply it by nine (the number of tracks on this album) and you have one brilliant album that moves me every time I listen to it.
The original material that Foxhound create possess many moments of dream-like imagery that play well with the overwhelming folk vibe of this album. I love the back-and-forth sharing of lead vocals between Kasper and Ryan on “Cricket” and that plucked fiddle melody is infectious. On “So Far” Ryan takes sole lead of vocals and it’s about time because Kiley Ryan can SING. “Planets” is just one of those standout tracks and one of my top favorites. I think most of us already know Chris Kasper for his amazing songwriting abilities but now Kiley Ryan takes on the task of partial songwriting credit on “Cold Wind” and “Crickets” with complete songwriting credit on “Upside Over” and I am impressed. The album ends perfectly with “Still & Free” a splendid take on the beauty of a reflective, stationary moment in one’s life.
At this point, the only word that can sum up this musical experience is–WOW! Yes, the self-titled debut album by Foxhound is one that you really should consider adding to your music collection.
Foxhound, the folk duo of Chris Kasper and Kiley Ryan, celebrated the release of their brand new self-titled debut album with a show at The Fire this past Saturday. Johnny Miles and Marc Silver were also on the bill. A show with this bill meant I had no choice but to go.
Saturday’s show was full of treats like getting to see duo sets by Johnny Miles (with Carl Cheeseman) and Marc Silver (with Ryan Williams). I really enjoyed both of these sets and it was so nice to see some of my favorites perform live again. Needless to say, the show was off to a great start.
Another treat was seeing Foxhound perform with a full band. Yes, Kasper and Ryan were joined by Freddie Berman (drums) and Jaron Olevsky (upright bass, accordion). Plus, Philip D’Agostino played banjo on a few songs.
This was like the best of the best. Chris Kasper is the best singer-songwriter ever. Kiley Ryan has revealed herself as a great singer-songwriter too and her fiddle playing is mesmerizing. I’ve seen Jaron Olevsky lend his musical talents to several artists over the years and I’ve always admired his work. Philip D’Agostino is the master of all instruments, novice of none. And last but most certainly not least, Freddie Berman–drummer extraordinaire. It was an A-MA-ZING set by Foxhound!
As for Foxhound’s self-titled debut album, I’ll save my thoughts for a proper album review but I’ll tell you this now–Foxhound’s music makes my ears smile.
About five months ago while on a roadtrip and listening to NebraskaFoxhound (Chris Kasper and Kiley Ryan) agreed that someday they would like to perform that entire album live. That day came this past Tuesday at The Fire when Foxhound played Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska in its entirety. As much as I wanted to hear a set of Foxhound originals I was glad that I witnessed this special performance by Foxhound. As Kasper explained, Nebraska is the only Springsteen album without the E-Street Band and doesn’t feature the rock saxophone. When I listened to Nebraska (for the first time ever) on Spotify before the show I thought it sounded so different than the Springsteen radio hits that I’ve heard – and the missing E-Street Band and no rock saxophone must be the difference. All in all, Foxhound took great respect of Springsteen’s music and delivered an excellent performance. The incredible talent of Chris Kasper and Kiley Ryan as the musical duo Foxhound is amazing.
Earlier in the night Jeremy Quentin opened the show with a solo set. I think a nice solo, acoustic set by a good singer-songwriter is always a treat. Plus, it’s been a while since I last saw a Jeremy Quentin (Small Houses) set so it was nice to hear Quentin again.
American Hangups is the musical duo of Todd Henkin (The Great Unknown) and Kristen Sylvester (Spirit and Dust). This was the second show ever for American Hangups and they had a fine performance. I liked the folk, singer-songwriter, almost minimalist style in which they performed. I’m not sure if the looseness of the set was intended but it did make things entertaining at times. I definitely would like to see American Hangups again.
When I heard that Foxhound was going to play at Milkboy Coffee (Ardmore, PA) I knew I had to be there. And when I found out Toy Soldiers, Up The Chain, and Reverend TJ McGlinchey were on the bill too – my Saturday night plans were decided.
Foxhound is the collaborative duo of Chris Kasper and Kiley Ryan who create and play music that is of the folk, country, and Americana end of the musical spectrum. Oh my, Kasper and Ryan sound so good as a duo. I’ve always been a fan of Chris Kasper’s music because he is such a phenomenal singer-songwriter. I’m so glad that in Foxhound we finally get to see Kiley Ryan take the spotlight and she shines so brilliantly in it. Ryan has a wonderfully precious voice that your ears will adore and she is quite the songwriter too. I’m so excited to see where Foxhound goes from here because Saturday’s performance was great.
Next on the bill was Toy Soldiers – another one of my favorites. If I had to pick my two favorite things about Toy Soldiers they would be: great music and unreal energy. Which are two things we definitely got to experience on Saturday so I was pleased.
The show went on with a set by Up The Chain and closed with a set by Reverend TJ McGlinchey band. Now, I know I’ve seen both of these artists in the past and I’ve heard their music but I’m not sure if I was listening. Well, I know for a fact that I was listening to their music on Saturday night and I really liked what I heard. So, Up The Chain and Reverend TJ McGlinchey, I’m letting you know now — I’m all ears.
Sometimes I wonder how I could be so lucky to have seen so many great shows. Wow!