Jeff Koch

Jeff is a mortgage lender and graduate of the World Journalism Institute's mid-career course. He lives with his wife and their eight children in the Chicago area.

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Jodee Lewis takes a mean street tour with Whiskey Halo

Music
by Jeff Koch
Posted 3/06/15, 12:30 pm

Jodee Lewis is a country and folk artist with a honky-tonk attitude, combining the spunk of Miranda Lambert with the snarky wit of Kacey Musgraves. Lewis also is a Christian, but that’s not immediately obvious on her debut album Whiskey Halo.

Suffice it to say Lewis doesn’t put the cookies on the bottom shelf. She populates her songs with characters that duck responsibility, drink too much, and are nearly always left high and dry.

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Christ's freedom shines in Mike Farris' Grammy-winning album

Music
by Jeff Koch
Posted 2/27/15, 12:20 pm

Mike Farris’ Grammy-winning album Shine For All The People is the answer to those who view God as a cosmic Grinch (and Christians as His fun-squelching minions). With horns galore, a monster groove, and unbridled jubilance, the album is basically one giant celebration—and a well-earned one at that.

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Keb' Mo' paints a blues panorama with a moral center

Music
by Jeff Koch
Posted 2/07/15, 08:30 am

If a body can’t swing to Keb’ Mo’s Blues Americana, it might not have a swing gene at all. Nominated for Best Americana Album at the Grammy Awards, Mo’s latest installment continues his tried and true path of combining old blues and new. The busy blend of guitar, banjo, and harmonica transports the listener back an era or two into a smoky backwater tavern for a late night jam session. The clincher is and always has been Keb’ Mo’s voice—with just enough crackle to moan about hard times and just enough clean to have it come right in the end.

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