David and the Christynas
David Houston is one of those amazing artists who continue to crank out excellent records year after year. This one, with Houston on guitar, Christina Maradik on viola and Krystyna Ogella on cello (hence the title), has a feel slightly more subdued than Houston’s usual. He tends to revel in the dark side of life, particularly in reports of romantic heartache—and who can’t relate to a good tale of love gone wrong? That’s why Houston’s music speaks to so many Sacramento music aficionados. Here he complements his own compositions with two Leonard Cohen covers and the Bob Dylan classic “My Back Pages,” and, tellingly, he makes those songs his own. Houston fans definitely will want to add this one to their collections—and if you aren’t already a fan, well, what are you waiting for?