Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel

Austin, Texas, US
Artist / Band / Musician
Rock / Roots Music / Americana
Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel have been making music together since 2001 beginning with their live record "Other Assorted Love Songs" , springing up in the year 2003 while in New York and playing live radio , The Kennedy Center , and Sirius Satellite Radio in Rockefeller Center.

Since that time they have recorded seven records , the latest being "Metamorphosis" , a live recount of the defunct Lovers CD, only more powerful and intense complete with the same musicians , Stephen Bruton and David Grissom on guitars , Brannen Temple on drums, Andy Salmon on bass and James Fenner on percussion , topping it off with a the world's most gracious guest, Willie Nelson again on CoCo's "True Love".

Released July 1st 2010 is CoCo Carmel's first solo endeavour "First Fruit" , co-produced with ex-husband Delaney Bramlett . Songs include "I don't know why" also produced by Delaney for Eric Clapton on his first solo record , "Sound of City" features Delaney and Bekka Bramlett , and finally a beautiful tribute to Delaney entitled "Rest in Peace". The record is receiving high reviews.


Meanwhile the two continue to write new songs and are already planning the next record.


Texas Platters by Raoul Hernandez

July 2010

The Austin Chronicle

"These songs and the story behind them have gone through so many processes, and now we can finally put them to rest in this beautiful record," enthuses Coco Carmel in the liner notes to Metamorphosis. A studio-perfected live account of Carmel and husband Bobby Whitlock's Lovers – an album with two unique incarnations and twice as much legal/label entanglement – six of its 10 tracks spin off from the mother ship, while the rest bottle Lovers' fierce runoff from its own source, Derek & the Dominos' 1970 one-off Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Guitarists Stephen Bruton and David Grissom, beat black-'n'-blue by Brannen Temple, imbue Lovers' righteous "Dice of God" with another book's worth of Old Testament gravity, its lyrics now doubly pointed after the Austin couple's long haul in bringing the material to fruition. "Best Days of Our Lives" weighs in equally grand on Whitlock's bottomless well of diamond-lunged Southern soul, demonstrating in a song precisely why the Memphis-born son of a preacher man became Eric Clapton's chief collaborator on Layla. That title track and its original double-album bookend, "Thorn Tree in the Garden," top off Metamorphosis, only Carmel's shrill "He's Gone" needing more studio sanding. No such issues scuff her alluring solo debut, First Fruit, a single-disc approximation of Rhino Records' new 4-CD expansion for Delaney & Bonnie's landmark On Tour With Eric Clapton. Produced by Carmel's ex-husband Delaney Bramlett beginning in 1988 – and unearthed by her upon his death 20 years later – First Fruit stars five co-writes by the two, including sugar-pooling piano hook "Love Don't Deserve It," plus Clapton/Bramlett guitar-gospel "I Don't Know Why" and closing hymnal "Rest in Peace (Tribute to Delaney)," written by one Coco Carmel Whitlock. The late celebrant's in endearing Joe Cocker-meets-Jimmy LaFave form on "Sound of the City," but it's Carmel's tart, honeysuckle vocals that fuse First Fruit's expert Stax-like roots stew. Her originals arc from gospel rocker "Go to Him" to the sanctified "Imaginary Love" and its spot-on rejoinder "Sweet Miss You," a luxuriating ballad with an Allmans-kissed guitar soloette. First Fruit bites all right – wearing blood-red lipstick. A pair of similarly vintage chips off the classic rock block round out Carmel and Whitlock's Domino label freshman quartet, wood-grain siblings My Time and Vintage. Both Whitlock solo platters cull 1990s-era studio sessions and feature an interchangeable coterie of world-class practitioners, starting with Steve Cropper, Jim Keltner, Buddy Miller, and Darryl Johnson. The former LP has the obvious edge, Whitlock revisiting Layla's "Bell Bottom Blues" and "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?" with typical eternal flame, though his "Wing and a Prayer" flies as if it were inadvertently left off Clapton's flagship. Carmel's harmonic hit on "I Get High on You" illustrates the couple's marital chemistry. My Time's second side counts a dearth of equal material, which undercuts Vintage as well despite four different composing pair-offs. "Southern Gentleman" whiffs Allen Toussaint, and exit line "This Time (There Won't Be No Next Time)" was cut by Tom Jones, but "Your Love" makes the all-time nuptials mix straight off. Closer "Dorothy & John" improves with both discs' annotations at Bobby and Coco, a for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, from this day forward cottage industry.

(Metamorphosis; First Fruit)

3 1/2 Stars
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