Kirk Kelly

  • Kirk Kelly
  • Go Man Go (SST) 1988 

Affected enough to drop his g’s but too selfconscious to omit the resulting apostrophes in his liner notes, earnest neo-folkie Kirk Kelly gives his Robert Zimmerman fixation (with a side order, on “Heroes of Tomorrow,” of Phil Ochs) a full airing on Go Man Go. This solipsistic one-man (two, if you count producer Brian Ritchie’s bass contribution to one song) acoustic album is so derivative of Bob Dylan (etc.) that maybe A.J. Weberman should consider rooting through Kelly’s trash.

[Ira Robbins]