Social Anthems Volume 1 is an excellent rendition of protest songs covered by vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia. A child of the Sixties, Ms. Segal-Garcia sings some of the most memorable songs of social importance with exemplary new arrangements. Although these songs were mostly introduced as Folk inspired songs, Segal-Garcia's jazzy updates work really well. Joined by such stellar musicians as Anthony Wilson on guitar, Josh Nelson on piano/keyboards, Lorca Hart on drums, Edwin Livingston on bass, Paul Jost on harmonica and vocals, and Mon David adding vocals, these songs are just as relevant today as they were when first introduced.
Stephen Stills' anthem "For What It's Worth" opens the set list. Excellent soloing from Anthony Wilson on guitar and Josh Nelson take the song to a different level via their elements of jazz. Cathy's vocals are definitely jazzy and bring a heartfelt level of emotion to the lyrics. Billy Joel's "And So It Goes" is a truly innovative duet with its lyrics sung in the soprano range by Cathy and with spoken words in a raspy believable voice by Paul Jost. Arranged by Anthony Wilson, with a haunting harmonica solo from Jost, this is such a lovely song.
Overall, all six songs were chosen by Cathy Segal-Garcia because they resonated with her. Her cool, sensitive approach to the lyrics makes the messages heard on Social Anthems - Volume 1 a sure reminder of today's current events and issues. Take some time to listen deeply to the lyrics and then make sure to tell your friends about this wonderful recording.