"Randall Kromm, a folk singer-songwriter from Boston, presents his newest album "Rough And Polished Stones" with tender and sentimental moments throughout. His ballads, rocking folk numbers, gospel-influenced pieces, songs which recall jazz standards and a pinch of bluegrass aim straight at the hearts and souls of his listeners.
With his gentle vocals, this American lends a nostalgic aura to the arrangements, while his daughters Emma and Grace Kromm add harmonies to several songs.
"Rough and Polished Stones" is an album of melancholic songs about love, relationships and growing older, with a delicate, sometimes humorous folk sound. There is little to no mediocrity here, just atmospheric music which complements this songwriter's talent as a lyric writer.
The album ends with a new edition of the title song of Kromm's very first published album "Water Wheel."
Rough and Polished Stones is a thoroughly enjoyable album, convincing musically and appealing as it is well crafted."
Max W. Achatz
COUNTRY JUKEBOX - GERMANY
MORE ABOUT RANDALL KROMM
A lifelong musician with a background in musical theater, early music, and the 1980s Boston indy pop scene, Randall Kromm reinvented himself as a folksinger in 2009 and soon realized he'd found his musical home. Playing at coffeehouses, open mikes, and clubs in the greater Boston area, Randall quickly distinguished himself as a songwriter and performer. In the years since, he has performed sold-out shows at Club Passim, New England's premier folk venue, released three CDs, Water Wheel, Holidays and Homecomings, and Time Won't Let Us Stay, and received a multitude of accolades from the music community, including Christine Lavin and Don White.
"Clever songs of love and age from Randall Kromm on "Rough And Polished Stones." Grab your favorite cocktail, sit back, laugh and yeah, sniffle a little!" Joltin' Joe - Radio Nowhere
A prolific songwriter, but also a busy family man, Randall regularly debuts new material through his New Song Video Blog, which features home-spun videos of Randall's songs recorded in and around his home in Winchester, Massachusetts, and in a family vacation home in the small town of Belvidere, Vermont--the inspiration for many of the songs on Time Won't Let Us Stay.
What people are saying
Christine Lavin, a nationally touring folksinger, has hailed Randall's song "Water Wheel" as a "modern classic" and "a new folk standard." Lavin called Kromm out of the audience at a recent show in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to play the song for her fans.
New England performing legend Don White covered the song "Water Wheel" on his 2010 release Winning Streak. White, who has recorded 11 CDs, had never covered another artist's music, but says the song "spoke to me deeply and immediately. My hope is that now lots of people will make the effort to discover the work of this very talented man."
Ellen Schmidt, a musician and producer of folk shows in the Boston area calls Randall "one of the finest songwriters I have heard in the past couple of years. . . Randall can write about the ordinary things that are part of living, family, love, and work and touch his audience every time."
Dan Cloutier, host of the Amazing Things Arts Center open mike and founder of Birch Beer Records, concurs: "Simply put, Randall Kromm is a masterful songwriter. He has the rare ability to look into the life of the common American and see the joys and pains we all have."
Veteran folk performer Tom Smith agrees, saying "Randall’s songs of common life, love, family, hopes, and uncertainty are presented like a conversation with a friend over a dinner table. Intelligent yet fun, relaxed yet musically interesting, introspective yet universal – I find my thoughts returning to his music long after each performance."
"A well done, very positive recording of songs throughout on this third album of Randall Kromm's "Rough And Polished Stones."
Rootstime - Belgium
More at Randall's website https://www.randallkromm.com/
Rough and Polished Stones now available on iTunes click HERE