Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010
Live...Now and Then (Moo-Town Productions)
Folk music might be best appreciated when one mingles among other folks. Veteran Milwaukee folkie Jym Mooney proves that point on this collection of concert recordings from 1981 to 2009. Whether at The Coffee House, on Wisconsin Public Radio's “SimplyFolk” or entertaining at a festival in Shawano, Mooney's amiable ways connect with the folks in the audience. The broad, goofy wit of his funny numbers may make the easiest connection, but Live testifies to his array of strengths. He can ply his genre's tradition of singing mini-travelogues or deliver an unexpectedly poignant 9/11 memory with suitable sensitivity. Had he a mind to promote them to Nashville, some of Mooney's love songs could even pass muster amid commercial country music's glitz. If this album testifies to his heart, though, one could rightly assume that Mooney is OK with the troubadour path he has traveled for more than 30 years now.