"Clay Hughes' Burn could be a radio juggernaut, if in the hands of the right people. Mixing the laid-back surfer folk of Jack Johnson with the psychedelic soul of Gnarls Barkley, Hughes has all the earmarks of a potential hit-maker."
"All in all Clay Hughes’ album Burn is a Local Kansas City treasure especially if you like artists like Jack Johnson or I would say The Flowbots but really no matter what music you enjoy listening to you’re going to get something out of the album. The change in style for the most part keeps the album fresh and organic and I would really like to see more artists doing this instead of being a one trick pony. If half of the artists in Kansas City started to take notes from Hughes then maybe, just maybe Kansas City would be known for more than jazz and Puddle of Mudd, musically that is. If the music industry is just, then Hughes is going to have a bright future and I can’t wait to see what he does next."
Lost In Reviews
Solve this musical equation: Add rap, alt-country, reggae, turntables, and a Dave-Matthews-meets-Hootie croon. What do you get? You’d think it would be something close to a train wreck in front of a dance bar in Kansas by a road that leads to Jamaica. It’s not. The actual solution to the equation is Clay Hughes’ new album, “Burn.”
Clay Hughes, a musician from Kansas City with comparisons to Sublime, Jack Johnson, and Citizen Cope, has a vast supply of tools in his musical tool belt. He showcases each with his varying styles on “Burn”. Clay teams up with a host of guest artists that drives the album, giving it swing, twang, and flow all at once.
“The Truth” (track 2), features OKC rapper, Jabee, who contrasts the comfort of Clay’s voice with sharp lyrics that cover war, politics, society, and relationships. Wait 2:40, and you’ll hear the southern slide of the lap steel guitar and Lennon Bone's (Ha Ha Tonka) precocious percussion on “Pointless.” “Burn” continues in this unpredicted fashion, and its shining moments include “Some People,” with a combination of whistling, clapping, and a smooth reggae groove and “Passing Through” with liberating sounds of the banjo, trumpet, and singing high-hat. “Burn” peaks late with “Sunday Stroll,” the most rockingest song on the album, and closes with a southern sound and smooth, clear vocals on “Take Me Home.”
Though the genres seem to differ from track to track, “Burn”s strikingly cohesive elements are Clay’s crooning and the graceful incorporation of talented musicians. These elements form the theory behind the “Burn” equation, and it makes finding the complex solution utterly enjoyable.
KSDB-FM, The Wildcat 91.9
Kansas State University
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