'Alex Kash has one of the most beautiful, natural voices I have ever heard.'
"VERY nice stuff. I hear a million songwriters here in Nashville and your material is a refreshing change. Fabulous."
-Jeremy Clement, Nashville Studio Session Musician
"Fans cash in as their favorite West Coast guitarist shares his music and songs in South Florida. San Francisco's Alex Kash delights Lake Worth crowds who appreciate his blend of guitar, blues, and folk music."
-Lake Worth Forum, February 2i7, 2007
"I just wanted to let you know that you sounded phenomenal this evening! You have an amazing voice and definitely can capture the audience! Thank you again for being one of our regulars here at Beach Place, and we hope to continue such a relationship! Thank you again!!"
-Amanda Martin, Marketing Assistant/Beach Place
"Alex Kash - My Voices - A great voice with great tunes"
When Alex Kash moved to southern Florida, he was asked over and over again what his impressions were of the area. As the ultimate answer to that question, Kash created this compilation ablum, Florida Heat.
The term "compilation" takes on a stylistic meaning as well, as his songs are reminiscent of popular singer-songwriters. The harmonica and musical pace of "The Real You" has a bit of a Billy Joel feel (think of a South Florida "Piano Man"). The mellow pace of the title track, "Florida Heat," has a mellow mood and vocal pacing not unlike a James Taylor piece. The easygoing ballad "Gone Fishin'" could easily be mistaken by some parrotheads as a Jimmy Buffet tune. Kash also adds some regional cultural seasoning to some of the songs, notably the Calypso folk taste to "Mango Season."
While the style of Kash's music has familiar and comfortable elements, the method of music-making is rather intriguing. Kash employs a tricky form of veiled simplicity in his music. Outside of two songs using additional vocals, the bulk of the album contains just Kash using his voice (no overdubs), a 12-string acoustic guitar and an occasional harmonica. Until reading that in the CD jacket notes, it wasn't an easily discernable situation. (Think of it as a musical form of those 3-D puzzles that were popular a decade or so ago. Once you know what to look for, it becomes obvious thereafter.) Kash does a wonderful presentation that seems to be multi-faceted when in reality he's using an intentionally limited musical palette.
Kash's vocal approach is particularly peculiar, because at times he doesn't stay in a comfortable, manageable range. Especially evident in "Love Lives There" and "Only Tonight," Kash pushes the upper limits of his vocal range, to the point that he sounds like he's straining/struggling to hit the notes. It's not an unsettling experience, though, because the straining effect actually accentuates the songs' inherent emotional meaning/intent. Whether this effect is intentional or not, it's perfectly suited to the mood of those songs.
And although some songs take on a more noticeable influence, that's not to say that Kash doesn't have his own style. There are plenty of songs that highlight Kash's versatility in approach and performance. "Hurricane Storm" takes a more frantic pace compared to "Just a Little Bit of Soul" and "Kicking Back on Borrowed Time," which showcase Kash's more mellow blues edge. "Where the Light Shines" and "Unwinding" have a light rock feel that showcase Kash's complete package of talented sound.
Actually, one could make that claim to the entirety Florida Heat; is is just that: a complete package of talented sound. So, kick back and take a mental trip to southern Florida with Alex Kash. (Plus, you can experience theFlorida Heat without that awful humidity.)
"alex kash with "organic alchemy" - you loved his "florida heat" style songs, now here's MORE from "the kash machine", alex and his lovely wife bethany dalton-kash. these are songs from the heart. listen especially for "love is calling" -sometimes i find love as a corny topic, but this haunting melody captured my heart. another pure acoustic "it doesn't get any better than this" song "quest for love". thanks for another great release alex!"
-Zoe Montana of Radio IO
Mellow music with great trimming and provocative lyrics.
'Combine excellent timing with a gentle, mellow sound and you have the parameters of 'My Voices'. It is spiritual and easy to listen to at the same time. If you can control your fascination with the music, listen well to the words. It is worth it!
Alex Kash - Organic Alchemy
2006, Emotive Music
"As is usual for Kash, it's just him, a 12-string guitar and a bunch of nicely written, generally positive songs in a variety of styles. Kash's voice is pleasing in a James Taylor-ish way and his guitar work is excellent, establishing moods without being flashy. (Come to think of it, that's James Taylorish too!)."
Alex Kash was voted to the City's A-List
"Alex Kash is a skilled guitar player with warm vocals."
-Kelly, Studio Manager, Longview Farm Recording Studios
"Alex Kash is the Chord Master!"
"Good is a bad word to use in describing anything. It's too general. But Organic Alchemy was conceived in goodness. To paraphrase the words of its creators, Alex Kash and Bethany Dalton-Kash, this music comes from love to promote healing. Good intentions don't necessarily make for good music, but Kash's versatile vocals and 12 string guitar playing do. They are terrific and keep the power of love theme from becoming monotonous. There is no gloom and doom here, but there is a lot of interesting and varied music. "Easy to Love," made me think of George Thoroughgood. "Magical Thing," brought back memories of Kenny Loggins and "Comfort Zone," co-written by Dalton-Kash, had me thinking of Barry White - stylistically, not vocally. Dalton-Kash also co-wrote "Organic Alchemy" and "Everything Is One." "Cool Seven," well, it's cool! Organic Alchemy is an enjoyable life and love affirming CD. Kash's many years of experience playing with different bands, and his 10 years as a solo performer, add up to some very worthy stuff. Organic Alchemy is as good for you as tofu served by an experienced cook who knows how to spice it up. Kash has recorded 6 CDs to date. You can check out his website at www.loveandlightreligion.com"
-Heidi Foster, Victory News
Review of Florida Heat
"Alex Kash delivers a little taste of heaven with his acoustic CD Florida Heat. The lead-off track begins with a weird harmonica riff but is soon followed with a nice acoustic groove and some cool lyrics. With the vivid imagery in the self-titled single, Kash puts you directly in the glare of the Sunshine State.
"Kickin' Back on Borrowed Time" is a fun, upbeat song with a rocking acoustic feel that almost puts you in the mind of "My Boogie Shoes." In this song Kash sings "my mind's in my computer/my job is on the line/but I'm just kickin'/back on borrowed time. Other songs are just good, clean fun songs. "Just a Little Bit of Soul" has a nice acoustic groove. It would be remiss for Kash, living in Florida, not to have any songs dealing with hurricanes. Sure enough, Florida's pride and plague gets a shout-out in "Hurricane Storm."
"Unwinding" once again showcases Kash's uncanny knack for storytelling, though the vocals are a little too loud for their own good. Finally, on "Where the Light Shines," we actually get some harmony, which sounds refreshing and quite nice. You can tell Kash sure loves his home-state when he sings "Let go of the darkness and let the light of Florida come in." "It's Hot" is a clear stand-out song on Florida Heat. This acoustic soul/blues hybrid is hilarious yet soulful at the same time. He has a little fun with lyrics like "How much perseverance have you got/the heat on a hot, sunny day." On "Love Lives Here," Kash remembers a lost love and the emotion is tangible as he sings "There's something 'bout her eyes." The harmony in this song is lower than the melody, which makes the quietly sensitive tune even more disarming. Though some of the transitions on Florida Heat could have been developed with more well thought out progressions, Kash's album is a strong collection of straightforward acoustic guitar rock with engaging lyrics that tell vivid and sweetly emotional stories. (Self-Released)"
-Sonya Elijah, ModernSkirts.com
Indistr.com gave 9 out of 10 artist rating to Alex
"When Sig stepped up to announce Alex Kash I know we were in for a special evening. I was amazed at the number of names he mentioned that he had performed with or written songs for...His performance clearly showed why he deserves to have his name associated with all those famous muisicians."
-Broward Folk Club News, December 2003
-Marcello Sirignano, Viollin-Mandolin Composer-Arranger
"Kash is deserving of a wide popular audience."
-Tom Peterson, Victory News
-Steve Eskow, Steve Eskow Show WPBR 1340 AM
"I heard him playing the same week I decided to buy the restaurant. He was absolutely phenomenal. (Picture) someone that you hear playing an acoustic guitar who just does every single song perfectly...Mr. Kash currently performs at the restaurant on Wednesday and Sunday nights--and he's garnered a huge response from local residents. Everybody who hears him once comes back to hear him again--he's just so good. His range of styles is phenomenal. He's very versatile, and he's producing very lively nights, where he's got everybody clalpping and dancing. If it's a more (laid-back) crowd in the afternoon, he's got them more (relaxed)"
-Ray McGlinchey, McCarthy's Restaurant and Pub
"Your lyrical ability is pure genius. Loving it-keep it up."
-Nathan Bostick, OurStage.com
The video of Alex Kash and Bethany Dalton-Kash's song "Satisfaction" won #1 Roots Video on OurStage.com in Feb 2009, by popular vote
"Alex Kash—Florida Heat Florida Heat is an album of voice and 12-string guitar with an occasional blast of harmonica. Alex Kash’s voice sounds a bit like James Taylor when he is singing softly and his guitar is capable of laying down a wide range of rhythms and moods. The songs are interesting and everything is done with the understated taste of a man who has spent a long time in the music business, working in various capacities on other people’s projects. A pleasant sound with much to appreciate when you listen a few times. —Michael Devlin"
"What a singer."
"Alex is great; his music is awesome" - Shaughn Koukas
"Alex plays 12-string guitar like one of the Beatles themselves." - Christopher Grima
"Wonderful performance - thank you so much!! I highly recommend Alex..." -Ted B