reviews

"Texas Sagebrush" Album reviews:

"Texas Sagebrush is the follow-up to Texas Paintbrush (released in 2017) and the precursor to the trilogy finale Texas Cactus. Featuring a variety of styles from solo singer/songwriter with a guitar and vocals to the addition of minimal rhythm and percussion elements into more refined, developed arrangements, Kendrick’s music is perfect for fans of homegrown Texas tunes as well as lovers of roots, folk, country, bluegrass and the blending of elements from all those distinct styles."

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"They’re not supposed to make records like this anymore.  I thought musicians really didn’t care about Americana-styled roots music anymore. I thought that smart looks and reality television experience meant more on an artist’s resume. Who knew that a down to earth, no frills musical craftsman could still have the courage to record the songs in his head anymore. Ranzel X Kendrick is a musical rebel who would make the old time troubadours proud. His songs reek of honesty and authenticity."

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"If you have been a reader for a while and keep up with the Artist Spotlights and Album Reviews here on the blog, you know I like an instrumental song. And Ranzel X Kendrick’s Texas Sagebrush gave me one; Hills of Kendralia. I don’t normally listen to the songs on an album in order, I like to skip around and I’m glad the first one I clicked was Hills of Kendralia."

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"Having done thousands of music reviews over the years, I have discovered a lot of interesting or good music, but not too much of it stands out. I have to say though that country artist Ranzel X Kendrick’s new album, Texas Sagebrush is exceptional. The first track Any Ole’ Song, should leave no doubt to the listener that this guy’s music is right up there with the country legends.

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Beachsloth.com

"A classic Americana sound graces the gorgeous work of Ranzel X Kendrick’s “Texas Sagebrush”. Done with the utmost of care, Ranzel X Kendrick sings straight from the heart. The stylistic choices range from a western country twang to a little bit of folk with the blues thrown in for good measure. By incorporating all of this into a singular whole and adding a sense of play, the whole album unfurls with such joy. Vocals have a tremendous life to them while they work alongside the laid-back arrangements and eclectic instrument choices."

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"Texas-born and brought up musician, Ranzel X Kendrick has recently released ‘Texas Sagebrush’, the second installment of his Texas series music album. And in this music album, Ranzel X Kendrick has assimilated his rich Texas roots music through a charming and engaging blend of sound, maintaining the Americana styling."

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"I got familiar with Ranzel X Kendrick when I heard Texas Paintbrush a couple of months ago. His most recent release Texas Sagebrush is in many ways an extension of the foundation he built with the former album. The folk American roots are still there and the songwriting is just as strong if not stronger."

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"What A Pretty Day" single reviews

"A lovely song that gently heightens the spirit with bright rays of energy and soulful musings. Ranzel X Kendrick  along with Rebecca White sing a hopeful tune that inspires fans and evokes positivity. While the lyrical content of “What a Pretty Day” it simple, the song gets the point across. The performance is succicint, making the most of its 3 minutes and some seconds to reach audiences with catchy tune..."

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"Ranzel X Kendrick evokes the tunes of natural and free-flowing pop-folk with his newly released song ‘What a Pretty Day’. The song wrapped in an artistic craftsmanship presents its audience the adventurous ride into a world of positivity and beauty. The recording style of the song is pretty raw with a special vintage touch embedded into it. The melodious tuning of the song makes its listener’s feel as if the song is performed right in front of him..."

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"The track after listening in a few times over becomes one of those types of tracks that is quite joyful yet very joyous to a point, it becomes more laid back. Having that type of atmosphere going for it, that you find "What A Pretty Day", to be just a track filled with so much more. The track itself, goes into detail about, not having anything get to you, enjoying how the day in question is merely pretty, what a day it is, just take it in, and enjoy it for what it is. You see where the meaning to this song goes, in terms of the titling and the meaning behind it..."

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“What A Pretty Day” is what the most infectious smile you’ve ever seen would sound like if it were a song. It is light-hearted and full of optimism, with gentle guitar riffs and lovely vocals. It feels like sunshine and new beginnings. I can’t get enough. I want to make this song my new anthem because it feels me with so much happiness. The track is fun and everything you could look for in a mood booster, with an uplifting message and a reminder that you can get through even the worst of days. I love songs like this, ones that exist to bring hope..."

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Beachsloth.com

"A playful introduction sets the tone for the track. Rhythms choose a dreamy approach. Vocals intermingle with such ease and graciousness. Evolution of the groove happens with such care, as everything rests upon the smallest of shifts. Lyrics choose a lovely path to journey down an entire life. Full of color, Ranzel X Kendrick employs a painterly, impressionistic take on the entire piece. Flourishes gain particular poignancy as a loose narrative of sorts comes into view, as the duo opts for a joyous togetherness. Percussion in particular adds to the tactile nature of the piece, as it perfectly unfurls until it simply drifts away..."

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DancingAboutArchitecture.info

Roots music is a tricky term, two wide ranging to bolt anything down too specifically, able to accommodate genres such as country, folk, blues and all sorts of world music, but if there is one artist whose music seems to sit nicely under its journalistic umbrella it is the wonderfully named Ranzel X Kendrick. His self-termed Freestyle folk needs no other qualification or label, it not only does what it says on the tin, a scattergun of rambling folk and country licks, it seems to swerve the rigidity of the former and the cliche of the latter and find its own down-to-earth, sweet and accessible path.

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There is nothing like nostalgic music, especially when it promotes cheerfulness and having a good time. That’s what you get with “What a Pretty Day,” a smooth track that reminds you just how beneficial a beautifully written song can be on your psyche. Listeners will love how simple yet profound the words are on this song, as both Kendrick and Rebecca White creates this Country inspired gem that pierces at your soul both forcefully and effortlessly. It’s a joy to listen to, and something that I recommend playing in case you need a boost to get your day started.

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"..This track is a laid-back, cool and impressive duet. I gotta say, I love the vibe and the lyrics are something worth listening to. We should all take a moment and live or life this way. The vocals on this track is so amazing and captivating that you can help smiling when listening to the track. The chemistry between Ranzel X Kendrick and featured artist Rebecca White is what I would say fall under the category; Magic!..."

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"Ranzel X Kendrick presents audiences with an intimate and free-flowing, organic folk-pop song that is joyfully calming to witness. The recording style has a raw or even vintage vibe to it, enhancing that intimate feel and making this appear is if it’s being performed right there in the room with you. There’s a particular, ongoing acoustic riff that makes up the signature trait of the musicianship, and alongside of this the male and female leading voices connect and contrast intermittently, furthering that feeling of realness, and throwing in a touch of togetherness that enhances even more so the brightness of the song and its concept..."

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Vents Magazine (Interview)

"It was a challenge to go from a guitar & vocal cut, to full blown production with Toshi Yanagi of the Jimmie Kimmel Show on another cut. But my favorite part of the Paintbrush CD is that it flows so well. Somehow we did it. Blending a variety of soulful songs between two Texas Roots bookend-cuts. So, I’d say its a little more free than a conceptual record..."

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The Ratings Game

"There is nothing like nostalgic music, especially when it promotes cheerfulness and having a good time. That’s what you get with “What a Pretty Day,” a smooth track that reminds you just how beneficial a beautifully written song can be on your psyche. Listeners will love how simple yet profound the words are on this song, as both Kendrick and Rebecca White creates this Country inspired gem that pierces at your soul both forcefully and effortlessly. It’s a joy to listen to, and something that I recommend playing in case you need a boost to get your day started..."

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Glitter and Stilletos

"Ranzel X Kendrick delivers a feel-good song which features various elements found in country, folk and jazz music. Though the song is delightful and also playful, the musicianship on the production is rather sophisticated. “What a Pretty Day” is the type of song that will turn someone’s day around. It could just as easily be featured as the theme song to a sitcom as much as it might provide a calming soundtrack inside of a coffee shop or quaint lounge..."

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Nataliezworld

"It's how this track goes really. It has an upbeat melody, with an overbearing rhythm that keeps it all in check and tune with one another. Like how the song plays out, it becomes filled with optimism, that so much detail is put into it, from the song's meaning, to the instrumental and vocal work as well. It can all be heard rather well yet nicely thought out. For instance the tone of the music, really crafts together the folk, rock, energy that Ranzel X Kendrick is creating with his music. All of which is very toe tapping yet adds on more flare of jazzy work thrown in to top it all off. He is able to pull in from numerous area's that it builds together into one nice strum of music..."

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Music Industry News Network

"With a beautifully synchronized female voice by Rebecca White and a stranded acoustic guitar chord section, the song smoothly glides over the traits of a brilliant musical genius. The lyrical section of the song gives a realistic touch and well-tuned male and female voices lead the songs towards togetherness and fulfillment. The background score of the song is light yet appropriate with the conceptual lyrics of the song. The song has a miraculous power to bring in hope and positivity into any disheartened and broken soul..."

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Skope Magazine

" "What A Pretty Day” is what the most infectious smile you’ve ever seen would sound like if it were a song. It is light-hearted and full of optimism, with gentle guitar riffs and lovely vocals. It feels like sunshine and new beginnings. I can’t get enough. I want to make this song my new anthem because it feels me with so much happiness. The track is fun and everything you could look for in a mood booster, with an uplifting message and a reminder that you can get through even the worst of days. I love songs like this, ones that exist to bring hope. It can always help to get some support, even if it’s only in a song..."

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Dancing About Architecture

"A playful introduction sets the tone for the track. Rhythms choose a dreamy approach. Vocals intermingle with such ease and graciousness. Evolution of the groove happens with such care, as everything rests upon the smallest of shifts. Lyrics choose a lovely path to journey down an entire life. Full of color, Ranzel X Kendrick employs a painterly, impressionistic take on the entire piece. Flourishes gain particular poignancy as a loose narrative of sorts comes into view, as the duo opts for a joyous togetherness. Percussion in particular adds to the tactile nature of the piece, as it perfectly unfurls until it simply drifts away..."

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Act One Magazine

"A playful introduction sets the tone for the track. Rhythms choose a dreamy approach. Vocals intermingle with such ease and graciousness. Evolution of the groove happens with such care, as everything rests upon the smallest of shifts. Lyrics choose a lovely path to journey down an entire life. Full of color, Ranzel X Kendrick employs a painterly, impressionistic take on the entire piece. Flourishes gain particular poignancy as a loose narrative of sorts comes into view, as the duo opts for a joyous togetherness. Percussion in particular adds to the tactile nature of the piece, as it perfectly unfurls until it simply drifts away..."

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Beach Sloth

"Ranzel X Kendrick goes for a joyous laid-back atmosphere with the quiet celebration of “What A Pretty Day”. Full of optimism the track is propelled forward by Ranzel X Kendrick’s undeniable optimism. Attention to detail works wonders from the gorgeousness of the toe-tapping rhythms to the jazzy guitar work. Over the course of the journey Ranzel X Kendrick touches upon a wide variety of styles, bringing together both folk, bossa nova, adding to the fine singer-songwriter tradition. Vocals radiate a true sense of contentment as all else revolves around them. Embracing a spaciousness of sorts Ranzel X Kendrick lets things unfurl in a casual way, refusing to rush anything. By choosing such a mellowed attitude the track employs a meditative quality to it..."

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Iggy Magazine

"At a time when so-called current music (in France) takes a lot of space, 98% of requests we receive come from this genre, it is important to take a step back, ask and have perspective. Indeed, beyond talking about new phenomena, our mission is also to gather and share knowledge. How many people can tell us what's going on in Texas? Very few, we first. This is one of the reasons why we always enjoy discovering artists who embark us in a universe we did not know. Ranzel x Kendrick is part of this type..."

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Stereo Stickman

"Ranzel X Kendrick presents audiences with an intimate and free-flowing, organic folk-pop song that is joyfully calming to witness. The recording style has a raw or even vintage vibe to it, enhancing that intimate feel and making this appear is if it’s being performed right there in the room with you. There’s a particular, ongoing acoustic riff that makes up the signature trait of the musicianship, and alongside of this the male and female leading voices connect and contrast intermittently, furthering that feeling of realness, and throwing in a touch of togetherness that enhances even more so the brightness of the song and its concept..."

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"Texas Paintbrush" album reviews:

Skope Magazine

"Ranzel X Kendrick is out with the first of three albums in a collection of original songs called Texas Paintbrush. The second installment, Texas Sagebrush is currently in production, and the third, Texas Cactus, will come out later this year. Kendrick is an intriguing artist with a rich and dynamic sound, with a variety of melodies that make Texas Paintbrush a interesting and beautiful album to listen to. His music alternates between country, rock, and the signature indie sound."

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Warlock Asylum

"Lifetime musician and songwriter Ranzel X Kendrick comes with his own brand of freestyle-folk music that is in a class by itself. Kendrick’s ingenuity as an artist developed from the advice given to him by multi-Grammy winner Country Western legend “Uncle” Roger Miller during his teenage years. Kendrick often jammed with the country music legend when Miller came to town to visit family. Since this time, Kendrick’s popularity has grown along with his musical expertise. Kendrick’s latest release titled Texas Paintbrush is a wonderful testimony of his melodic inventiveness."

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