EP Review: “Ghost Town,” by Karl Richardson

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Karl Richardson

“Ghost Town,” the debut EP from Karl Richardson, a singer/songwriter from Northamptonshire, England, puts you right into the setting of an old western town from the very first notes.

The five-song EP shows the influences of cowboys and country singers like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson with their “outlaw country” style, two big guns Richardson draws from in painting a scene. “Ghost Town” is an homage to the old shoot ‘em up spaghetti westerns from the 1950s and could have even made a great soundtrack for a more modern Clint Eastwood film.

Richardson began work on “Ghost Town” in early 2016 with a goal of having the project completed by the end of the year – and he succeeded. Since learning to play guitar at 13, Richardson has taught himself through the years to play drums, a bit of keyboards and most recently the banjo.

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The banjo was one of the first elements to stand out on each of the five songs on the EP – “Better Times,” “The Night I Lost My Mind,” “Forgotten,” “Season’s Change” and “Ghost Town.”

“Better Times” has a simple melody and a good chorus. The banjo takes center stage as the melody is plucked repeatedly.

“The Night I Lost My Mind” features a rolling drum cadence and the banjo. It’s uptempo and marches along a dusty road in well-worn cowboy boots.

“Forgotten” picks up the mood. It’s a bit brighter, more optimistic overall. The strings add to the feeling.

“Seasons Change” is faster, even happier, with deft finger play on the guitar strings, giving it a very old-style western feel.

“Ghost Town” really sets the mood for the whole EP, with the sound of church bells, rain and horses walking through town. It is a narrative of a gunfight with the banjo blended with electric guitars.

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Karl Richardson

Richardsons’ other influences – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pantera and Slash, of Guns N’ Roses, are evident as well in the guitar parts. He has played in several bands through the years, but none ever took off.

When planning the EP, it was never a question of how to do it – Richardson was determined to do it all himself.

“As my interest in the production side of music grew,” he explained, “I began recording the songs I had written, and even tackled the vocals myself, which is something I had never really tried before.”

All parts of the tracks were written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Richardson at his studio and released by his own label, El Tezmondo Music. With “Ghost Town” released, he has set new music goals for the new year, including some collaborations.

You can hear “Ghost Town” at www.soundcloud.com/eltezmondomusic and buy it at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ghost-town-ep/id1181071197, https://www.amazon.co.uk/…/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_QDGrybA87VJQN, https://play.google.com/…/music/album/Karl_Richardson_Ghost_Town.

You can find Richardson online at www.twitter.com/eltezmondomusic, www.facebook.com/eltezmondomusic and www.youtube.com/channel/UCpGhizY9YwK3iBQfDCAeNXQ.

(Singer PR and Promotions – singerprp.com)

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