Dirty Linen - 8-9/99, p.57
"...the 14 tracks are a diverse lot, with a changing cast of lead vocalists, that nonetheless retain the blues-rock orientation for which Kingfish has always been known....[SUNDOWN] updates the band's sound very successfully..."
Personnel: Bob Weir (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Matthew Kelly (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Jenni Muldaur, Danny Rio, Ana Rizzo, Bill Cutler, Zoe Ellis, Caitlen Cornwell (vocals); Fred Campbell (acoustic guitar, bass, background vocals); David Simon-Baker (acoustic guitar); Barry Sless (electric & pedal steel guitars); Robbie Hoddinott, Jerry Garcia, Jerry Cortez, Steve Kimock (guitar); Greg Douglas (slide guitar); Robert Powell (pedal steel guitar); Mookie Siegel (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, synthesizer, percussion); Barry Flast (piano, background vocals); Jimmy Pew (Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards); Rick Anderson, Bobby Vega (bass); Jimmy Sanchez, Eric Parker, David Perper (drums); James A. Nelson (percussion).
Engineers include: Ari Rios, David Simon-Baker, Daniel Daniels.
Personnel: Matthew Kelly (vocals, harmonica, background vocals); Jenni Muldaur, Bill Cutler (vocals); Robbie Hoddinott, Barry Sless, Jerry Garcia, Jerry Cortez (guitar); Fred Campbell, Bob Weir (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Dave Simon-Baker (acoustic guitar); Greg Douglas (slide guitar); Ari Rios (gut-string guitar); Mookie Siegel (piano, organ, synthesizer, percussion); Barry Flast (piano, background vocals); Jimmy Sanchez, David Perper, Eric Parker (drums); James A. Nelson III (percussion); Zoe Ellis (background vocals).
Recording information: Laughing Tiger Studio, San Rafa.
A healthy dose of Bay Area jam rock, SUNDOWN ON THE FOREST is probably Kingfish's best-produced pre-millennial work. Joined by a fine cast of rockers old and new, Frontman Matthew Kelly leads the band on tunes that groove sweetly and testify to truth. It's the happy-go-lucky blues-rock that one can expect from these scenesters, with flurries of reggae and country beneath the wings.
The singer/guitarist/harpman Kelly, who played on some of the Dead's more cherished 70's recordings, pays tender tribute to the late Jerry Garcia on "Every Little Light." It's a lilting Hammond B-3-ballad about borrowed time, with lovely electric guitar and pedal steel care of the nimble-fingered Barry Sless. Jerry himself adds some burnished soul-notes to "Ridin' High," with easy-rolling vocals by Bill Cutler. Jenni Muldaur captivates and enamors with her honey-laced singing on "Hurt Enough" and "Eyes Of The Night," while founding Kingfish member Bob Weir tears it up on "Padlock Cufflinks." The title track is a fiery admonishment about world deforestation, full of the fire-breathing guitar work that helps makes this album shake, rattle and roll.