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Chicago-born singer-songwriter RJ Comer has more than a few real life hard luck stories to share. Now that he’s taken the leap of faith to become a solo recording act, the likelihood is we are set to hear more from him. RJ has taken a good many years to become a fully fledged solo act. It took him almost as long to become a recording musician of any kind. It is thirty years since he ducked out of music school, and in the process his dream of becoming a musician. His alternate choice was to become lost in a dark (and often dangerous) world. One steeped in violence, addiction and poverty; and all the other unstructured aspects that go with it. His depressed state became so bad he tried to take his own life more than once.
But after all the darkness Comer made a comeback. His return to a structured lifestyle saw him go back to college, and earn a full scholarship to law school. And afterwards become an attorney. RJ’s story doesn’t stop there, because eight years ago while a partner in a Los Angeles law firm, a band he started for kicks got signed up by a record label. After a couple of band records, two solo EPs and songs for films RJ is now a fully fledged musician that lives not in Nashville, Tn or Austin, Tx but in the woods of Tennessee. One Last Kiss speaks of various easpects of his life. Among the most potent is the title track One Last Kiss and House Grown Cold, the latter is enough to raise the hair on the back of ones neck as he digs deep into his heart and memory to speak of a once divided home. Of a lighter note he introduces some wry humour on You’d Drink Like I Do Too. While on retracing his childhood his parents’ contrasting lifestyles are the prime subject in Cain’s Blood. On one hand his mother sang in the choir, and his father enjoyed a love of licker. His songs are given a huge boost through the inspired playing of Grammy Award winner Randy Kohrs (dobro), fiddler Daniel Fouks and Nashville producer Shawn Byrne. I am sure RJ will have learnt a great deal from the company of those he worked, and will no doubt make an even better fist of it next time. For he is a most accomplished storyteller, and though he still needs to work on weeding out material best left out or worked on more he’s edging closer to becoming the finished product. For quality of his work you only need to listen to his wonderful cheating song Still Doin’ Time.
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