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Leave the Light On Release Roundup 

Leave the Light On is Terry Klein's best-reviewed album yet. Here are some highlights of the coverage:

  • Saving Country Music was effusive in its praise of Leave the Light On: “There are songwriters. Then there is that most exclusive pantheon of songwriters who wield the pen so mightily, it goes beyond the simple casting of characters and landscapes in the mind’s eye of the listener, and graduates to imparting new perspectives on life otherwise inaccessible, and opening up entirely new avenues of thought in the audience. We’re talking about James McMurtry. We’re talking about Chris Knight. We’re talking about Lori McKenna. And though he may not enjoy the same name recognition as these aforementioned individuals, down in Austin, attentive listeners and peers of Terry Klein consider him part of that elite company. ”
  • American Songwriter included Leave the Light On on its list of the 17 best albums of 2023 and said “Leave the Light On, is a thoughtful set of songs and seemingly his most personal and vulnerable work yet. As always there’s a specific attention to detail and nuance.”
  • Peter Blackstock at No Depression said “These 10 songs draw upon country, folk, and blues in equal measure, drawing their power from the keenly detailed observations in the stories Klein tells. In my Austin years, Klein largely was heard in venues off the beaten path; here’s hoping he soon gets slots in the major clubs more regularly, because he’s earned it.”
  • Jim Hynes at Glide Magazine said “With such a legacy of great Texas songwriters, in this millennium, after just four albums Klein stands among the best.”
  • Americana UK said “Fan Mary Gauthier suggests we “close our eyes, give it a listen and let his songs take you on a ride – it’s a beautiful journey”. It’s certainly a mellow and atmospheric record and whilst it was a speedy recording, it’s a wonderful and rewarding experience.”
  • Americana Highways included Leave the Light On on its list of the best albums of 2023 and reviewer John Apice said “If you sing & people start wiping away tears – that’s a success. If they smile & nod their heads – you win again. It’s a throw of the dice – not every audience reacts in the same spots as other nights. So, you just be yourself – because being yourself is the easiest thing you can do. Terry Klein does all these things & he succeeds.”
  • Fervor Coulee wrote “'Tomorrow fades away,' Klein sings. The songs of Leave The Light On do not. Given the opportunity, they will find a place within each listener, coming to life again as the darkness intensifies and the early hours crawl closer.”
  • Lonesome Highway called Leave the Light On “A thoughtful and well-rounded career-best (to date) release.”

Thanks to everyone for listening!

Good Luck, Take Care Release Roundup 

I knew we'd made a record I was proud of and that was the most important thing but I'll tell you what the response to Good Luck, Take Care has been gratifying. Here are some highlights so far: 

  • No Depression compared me to one of my heroes: "Like Rodney Crowell, Terry Klein has a knack for telling poetic stories in songs about the sad, funny, ironic, and devastating ups and downs of our lives, and Good Luck, Take Care showcases Klein’s evocative and comic storytelling." (LINK
  • American Songwriter kept up with the hero stuff and said "As one might imagine, the music is ragged around the edges, a sound that shares a similarity to Ray Wylie Hubbard and Guy Clark in terms of the torrid tapestry and treatment. No, it ain’t pretty, but still, it conveys honesty and emotion that gives the listener a clear connection." (LINK
  • Americana UK blew my neurotic, imposter syndrome-addled mind and said "The spirit of Guy Clark lives on in the latest release from Austin-based Terry Klein." (LINK
  • Glide Magazine's headline was "Terry Klein Pens One Of Year’s Finest Americana Albums With ‘Good Luck, Take Care.'" (LINK
  • Melissa Clarke at Americana Highways said "Terry Klein’s songwriting is perfection. No idea why this dude isn’t wildly famous, but give him time." (LINK)
  • Peter Blackstock at the Statesman wrote "Good Luck, Take Care is an adventurous step up from 2019’s folk-oriented “Tex,” with more rocking tracks such as the bluesy opener 60 in a 75, the rollicking The Ballad of Dick Trickle and the full-on rocker Salinas opening up new avenues for Klein’s artistry." (LINK)
  • Alan Cackett said: "With his third album, Terry Klein has grown more magnificent than ever. Without losing an iota of the intimacy from his past releases, he has made what is possibly his most dynamic album to date." (LINK)
  • Jerome Clark at wrote "Not a single one of Good Luck's 10 cuts falters. It is even, wonder of wonders, shorter (at not quite 40 minutes) than you'd want it to be." (LINK)
  • Declan Culliton at Lonesome Highway called the album "a suite of unhurried and intimate songs that draw the listener in with their candour, from an artist at the top of his game." (LINK)
  • Jeff Burger wrote that "This impressive third record from Terry Klein, which should appeal to fans of artists like Guy Clark and Billy Joe Shaver, sounds too polished to have been recorded and mixed in a mere four days, but that’s how long it took to make." (LINK)
  • Jon Worley at Aiding & Abetting said that "Klein has crafted an unassailable set of songs. The infectious joy of the playing lifts these well-appointed songs into a higher plane. These songs may be locked-in and tight, but they never fail to bring a smile, wry or otherwise. The complete package." (LINK)
  • Theo Volk said nice things in Dutch (dank je wel!). (LINK)
  • Remo Ricaldone said nice things in Italian (grazie mille!). (LINK)
  • On the radio front, the record hit the top ten of the Alt Country/Twang chart and the EuroAmericana chart, the top 40 of the Folk DJ Chart, and the top 100 of the Americana chart. 
  • On Spotify we went from fewer than 100 monthly listeners to, as of this writing, more than 2,000 (!!!). You can listen for your own self right here

The Last Great Christmas 

"The Last Great Christmas" is now live on Spotify. I have a lot to say about it but before you read all of that, I hope you'll listen to the tune and advise you to do so. 

OK. You listened. Here's the story.
Every Christmas Eve we read a short story my wife's grandmother, Marion Norswing Phillips, wrote about her family's Christmas in 1917.
The story itself is breath-taking. Marion was a talented writer, one of the first women to attend UCLA and a drama critic at the Daily Bruin. The imagery of the high plains Christmas celebrated by Scandinavian immigrants is intricate and impeccable. And then, after Marion takes us across the fields to grandmother's house, to Christmas Eve & then Christmas Day, she lets us know that it's more than just a pretty story about a special day. It's a pretty story about the family's last Christmas before the 1918 influenza epidemic that claimed her father's life, far too young.
I never met Marion, one of my great regrets. She passed away a few years before Lindsay and I found each other. And this year, this horrible year, this will be the first year since Marion's passing that Lindsay won't sit in her family's living room and listen to her mother read the North Dakota Christmas story.
A little over three years ago, a publisher in Nashville gave me an assignment. He said that artists are always looking for Christmas songs and asked me to write him one (I've come to understand that he makes a similar request of pretty much every writer he meets with).
I'm the son of a mixed marriage between a lapsed Catholic and a Jew who, at least when I was growing up, never went to temple. And I'm not a great fan of Christmas songs. I do like songs that take place on or around Christmas (e.g., "Christmas in Prison" by John Prine), for what that's worth. But a publisher in Nashville gives a songwriter an assignment, the songwriter's going to complete the assignment.
I found myself at sea. I sat down with a couple of ideas and fleshed them out but they didn't feel right, not even in the same time zone as "right". At some point, though, it occurred to me that I could try to take the North Dakota Christmas story and turn it into a song.
And I did try and it did become a song, a song that I played live a couple of times that year and I think the following year too and sent to the Nashville publisher. The family loved it. I knew that it wasn't quite there. The song wanted to say something else. I wasn't sure what. I set it aside, as I do with the vast majority of songs I write. A very tiny sliver of those set-aside songs ever come back to life.

But this year. This horrible year. When we talk to our grandchildren about this year, they won't believe us.
It took me until about December 1, when we decided that heading to Lindsay's parents' house for Christmas wasn't going to be feasible, to start to see the connection between the North Dakota Christmas story, my song, and the state of the world. I went out to the writing room, the shed, the "Manchaca", and over about four days, as the man once said, I chipped away at all of the parts of the stone that were not an elephant.
Exactly two weeks ago, I sent the song to Adam Dawson. As I said, I'm not a great fan of Christmas songs. And I harbor even less goodwill for topical songs, the vast majority of which are pertinent for a few months or a year, and then lose their potency. Adam listened. When things are important he doesn't text me, he calls. This time he called. He told me that we needed to release the song and we needed to do it as soon as possible.
Thirteen days ago, I called Jackson Emmer. I told him about the song. I told I wanted to try to record some parts and send them to him to have him mix them and master them and make them sound good, or at least better. And so I went out to the writing room, the shed, the "Manchaca", which gets really cold in the winter y'all, and I recorded some parts for him, the guitar with a couple of Shure SM58s with the windscreens screwed off and the vocal with a little apogee USB condenser mic. I didn't have a pop filter for the apogee so I pulled an old dress sock out of the drawer and draped it over the top. I sent Jackson the tracks, humbled as hell by the sound of my voice and my guitar without the bells and whistles and fancy preamps and compressors that give us a sense of security in proper studios.
I expected Jackson to text me and say "no this is a bad song and it sounds bad and I can do nothing with this" but instead, 11 days ago, a few hours after I sent him the tracks, he sent me back a mix that after I played it for Lindsay she cried a little and said "it has a very warm sound, kind of like a kitchen on Christmas." I uploaded the track to CD Baby. I gave Marion Norswing Phillips a cowriting credit. And here we are.
Glide Magazine premiered the track earlier this week and said "Klein sings with a trusted gravitas and polished reflection reminiscent of Guy Clark and Steve Earle" which I don't know about y'all I just don't know. 


Apparently this has been a great year for the Christmas Tree business. And that makes sense. Instead of one big Christmas, we're having a handful of smaller Christmases. Lindsay's mom mailed our stockings to us. We got a little tree, our first ever. And also for the first time ever, we lit our menorah on each of the eight nights and said the Hanukkah blessing. I hope the neighbors looked in and saw our Christmas lights and us lighting our menorah and appreciated the peculiar American-ness of that.
If you know me, you know that my feelings about faith and the afterlife are muddled and conflicting and in constant flux. What I do believe in is the connecting, healing power of a song. I try to honor that belief in everything I share with you. 

I've rattled on for long enough. Listen again. If you like it, share this with your friends. You can even buy a download from me by clicking HERE.

Be safe. That weird feeling, that unfamiliar feeling, well I think that might just be the tiniest little smitch of hope. See in you 2021.


Terry talks songwriting on Chris Strand's "Is There A Cover" Podcast here.

Watch Terry on the Underbelly (WEMF) here.

Listen to Terry on Radio Zeke (WMFO) here.

Terry is featured on the May 27th edition of Out of the Woods Radio here.

Great Northern is featured on Americana Boogie here.

Terry is featured as one of "Rich's Picks" on Midnight Special here.

Terry talks songwriting with the Austin Songwriter's Group here.