Genre: Americana, Folk,Pop  Rock

Sounds like: John Denver, Jim Croce

The Good Earthy, Relaxing Vibe 

The Bad More Emotions, late 70's sound

The Ugly Nothing to Report

The Band 4 out of 5

The Music 4 out of 5

The Songs 4 out of 5

The Vibe 4 out of 5

The Production 3 out of 5

The Verdict 4 out of 5




The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from singer/songwriter/guitarist Jeff Cochell entitled Between the Lines. Visiting his website I get the impression Cochell is an accomplished guitarist specializing in fingerboard, classical style playing. Cochell comes to us from Portland Oregon.


The band Besides the standard 4 piece line-up Cochell brings many impressive session players to the line-up.  I would say the band possesses above average to advanced Americana, folk & pop rock paying abilities. You will notice right away Cochell's playing style to be mesmerizing & tranquil-  delivering that classical finger-picking style that is earthy. Timing is spot on within the Americana, folk, & pop rock  grooves. Cochell can hold his own on the guitar & vocals, but more importantly he is an amazing storyteller. Those 2 musical weapons can be a force to be reckoned with. Vocals from Cochell work within the confines of this music. The music possesses a very earthy type Amercana Folk-sy type stigma. All in all great music to eat a Sunday morning brunch, or to play as the rain gently hit your window. Definitely classic Americana popish ballads that are timeless & very emotional in nature. It will  remind you of classic acoustic acts from the late 70's like Jim Croce, John Denver, & Gordon Lightfoot The songs Simply put - are emotionally gripping & striking. Cochell touches some sensitive ground as he proves he's not afraid to share some intimate truths about his life experience. There’s nothing like a solid musical production to get wrapped around – & this is one of them. I kept waiting for a lame song to come down the pike - I eventually gave up on that. The vibe Overall very melancholy with amazing life stories that possess incredible highs & lows. Lots of wisdom The CD has it’s shares of happy & sad moments. Simply put  - very much like life itself this CD personifies life experience, with music that are 100% honest & pure. The production Not the most polished sounding production I've ever come across, however Cochell does manage to make his point with his writing, playing & signing. The CD has a timeless feel to it, which is a hard thing to do. Overall this CD has it's moments. The good Honorable mentions go out to the gifted songwriting & storytelling abilities of Jeff Cochell. Impressive classical guitar virtuoso that is earthy & pleasing o the ears. You don't find many artists out there like Cochell thee days who successfully merge amazing classical guitar playing with popish music. Folks out there who enjoy this type of music will fall head over heals with this CD. The bad Not the most polished sounding production I've ever come across. But perhaps that is what Cochell was aiming for with this late 70 vibe. We've seen artists like Lenny Kravitz & Al Green do this, why not Cochell. Perhaps it's by design. Cochell doesn't have the greatest voice in the world. I also wish Cochell displayed more raw emotion during same of the songs. The ugly Nothing to report. 


The verdict Between the Lines by Jeff Cochell is the perfect CD to spin on rainy days when you just want pure, earthy music to fill your atmosphere. Jeff Cochell is an amazing player, & composer with fancy picking, amazing songs, & heart felt music. I give Cochell credit for making his point.  The Bottom Line Jeff Cochell is a rare find these days- & should be treated as such. If Jeff Cochell released fresh music that was a bit more modern sounding I would be very interested in hearing it.

Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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