- Bryon Harris
Kate Magdalena - Streets of Any Town
BWH Music Group’s Keepin' It Country, Vol. One, by Various Artists, contains an eclectic mix of 17 songs by today's best independent Country artists and songwriters. With great storytelling and heart-felt performances at the core of each song, the album spans traditional and contemporary Country music. Of the compilation, Kate Magdalena's song "Streets of Any Town" will stop you in your tracks with a heartfelt song about homelessness. "Streets of Any Town" commences with a mellow synth on a drone that fills the air almost like a prayer. Soon upbeat acoustic guitar strumming joins in. A delicate mandolin adds melodic fills. It almost sounds like a delightful stroll on any street, in any town, except there is more to the story. Kates sings, “On a corner of the streets of any town stands a man who life forgot, he's goin' down. His family wrote him off as crazy many years ago; His friends left him as someone it’s better not to know.” From this moment on, the song brings you to a street where a homeless man lives and although it can be any street, it's a street that is hard to pass by.
Kate’s voice is clear and inviting as she sings every line of this moving story with expression. "Streets of Any Town" is a social justice song with a message of kindness and empathy. “He needs someone to be kind to him. It could be me, it could be you, but we just go on living, as we do.” As the song continues, an inspirational message emerges. “Jesus said we would find him in the least of you.” The line “he lay his body down” is used to describe both Jesus and the homeless man, driving home the concept that this could be anyone on the streets on any town. It moves you to tears.
Kate Magdalena’s Streets of Any Town has superb production that combines modern pop sensibilities with organic folk. It was recorded and produced by GRAMMY-nominated-producer Billy Smiley (Johnny Cash, Whiteheart, Clay Aiken, and the Newsboys). "Streets of Any Town" features some of Nashville's finest musicians with Fred Eltringham (The Wallflowers and Sheryl Crow), Byron House (Robert Plant and the Band of Joy), Blair Masters (Garth Brooks) and Brennan Smiley (The Technicolors).
"Streets of Any Town" is about human suffering and our internal struggle to pass it by or make a difference. It is about addiction and alienation, empathy and indifference. Sometimes all it takes is a song. Music has the power to speak where words fail. Kate Magdalena’s song will seep into your soul and shine a light on homelessness and that light, even if it’s just a little more kindness and understanding in this world, is very powerful.
'Keepin' It Country, Vol. One' is available on all major digital outlets. For more information about the album and artists, visit BWH Music Group.
About Kate Magdalena Kate Magdalena is a recording artist and songwriter from San Francisco. She wrote “Streets of Any Town” in response to a conversation with a homeless man on Nashville's honky-tonk street, Broadway. The song is this man's story, but it is also the larger story of men and women across America living on the streets. Kate writes “Timely Americana,” music for these times, with all of its unique challenges and and possibilities. “Streets of Any Town” is the fourth track released from Kate's album A Larger Dance coming in February 2020. The songs have been recorded and produced by GRAMMY-nominated-producer Billy Smiley (Johnny Cash, Whiteheart, Clay Aiken, and the Newsboys) and feature some of Nashville's finest musicians with Fred Eltringham(The Wallflowers and Sheryl Crow), Byron House (Robert Plant and the Band of Joy), Blair Masters (Garth Brooks) and Brennan Smiley (The Technicolors). Kate is thrilled to be a part of this album, and looks forward to bringing her music to audiences throughout the United States.
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