Smallwood’s first album is a fantastic blend of East and West coast singer-songwriter sensibilities. There’s a lot of Jackson Browne here. There’s even more Billy Joel and Carole King. Even more, there’s a reverence for honest, straightforward music-- especially the best stuff from the 1970s.
None of the musicians in The Piano Men: The Music of Elton John and Billy Joel wear oversized glitter glasses. They have never played a sold-out concert in Russia at the height of the Cold War. What they offer are the songs of two musical geniuses played with the esteem and reverence that exists only among fans.