Gatsby's Green Light
What People are Saying: ' Years from now, someone will dig up Ken Coulson's words and know that he had a lot of things figured out ' Kurt Coble, 1st Violin Phantom of the Opera ' Gatsby's Green LIght encompasses Ken's uncanny ability to create folkloric gems and poetic pieces of joy for listeners of all ages. Fans of Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Sister Hazel, and acoustic songs by Toad The Wet Sprocket will find Ken Coulson to be an invaluable addition to any musical library. Review by Matthew Forss Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5) ' - Matthew Forss, Indie World Music (Apr 25, 2012) '"America I See You," is an ode to our great country, and could make it's place in history as a new anthem. Ken Coulson is certainly a name to watch out for in 2012. With Gatsby's Green Light Coulson is on the rise to becoming a household name. Get ready to listen to your new favorite record...he's worth the listen. Review by Melissa Nastasi Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5) ' - Melissa Nastasi, ModernMysteryBlog.com (Apr 27, 2012) 'Ken Coulson and Gatsby's Green Light debut is eclectically beautiful and overall very enjoyable. So few artists are able to integrate world music, Latin, and other elements into their compositions and avoid the pretension that often can accompany the effort. Coulson seems completely comfortable within the many genres and influences contained on the record. ' - Micheal Cusanelli, WorldSound (Apr 27, 2012) Far reaching and provocative, Gatsby's Green Light is Ken Coulson's first solo release after 7 albums released over the prior 5 years. Spanning Genres from Folk/Americana to Flamenco, the album represents a musical exploration in rhythms, emotions, and deep groove from the head, spirit, and heart. The transformational power of music is apparent to the listener as they wander a emotional super highway ranging from the adolescent love story Shy to the rhythmic beast Portland Song, to the soaring heights of Forest to the Field and beyond. A prolific songwriter, Ken seeks a deeper connection with music, people, and the world and that can be felt in the exploration of a song in Spanish, Baila Luna and the song for the heartland, America I see you. Ken plays multiple instruments, acoustic, nylon, & electric guitar as well as ukulele on the album. The title, Gatsby's Green Light signify the constant search for the greater future around every corner so eloquently embodied in F Scott Fitzgerald's pivotal novel. The call for a closer community of shared values and dreamer is echoed in the song Closer and Letters of my Youth. Climb highlights the different growth paths and schisms that occur in people as they undertake life's journey. Ken believes music can be simplistic and intellectual at the same time and does occur everywhere. Embrace your light, be the one true positive and journey towards growth with Gatsby's Green Light. Also performing on the album: Ken's long time collaborator Ray Bryant: Bass on Closer, Portland Song, Letters of my Youth, Ukuele on Letters of my Youth, Electric Guitar on America I see you; Loic Lefevre: drums, beat box and percussion on Portland Song, percussion on Letters of my youth; Paul Stivitts: Drums of all tracks except Letters of my Youth, Joe Meo, Sax on Portland Song, Memorize, Flute on Shy and Letters of my Youth. Produced and recorded at Hi-Top Studios in Stamford CT by Steve Hansen, Produced by Sonic Bomb and Ken Coulson, Mastered at Turtletone Studios by Alex Theoret.