Louisiana native Kevin Sekhani has crafted a fantastic debut album in “Day Ain’t Done.” Sekhani spent 20 years traversing the fertile Austin music scene, becoming a go-to sideman and award-winning string player before heading on back to the bayou in 2010. Upon his return, he fronted sizzling gospel outfit The Mercy Brothers before dipping his toe in the solo waters.
The music on “Day Ain’t Done” is a string lover’s dream, with plenty of guitar, fiddle, mandolin and dobro to fuel a first-rate hoedown. Sekhani’s twist on the Americana formula comes courtesy of his Louisiana roots, as he injects some tasty Cajun flavor to the proceedings. The result is an infectious collection of tunes that figures to have your toes tapping throughout.
His skills as a songwriter are front and center on the 12-track release and Sekhani proves to be a first-rate troubadour. There aren’t any real missteps to be found on the 44-minute slab, but pay special attention to standouts “Carol Ann,” “Wrong Direction,’ “Oilfield Tan,” “Ballad of a Lonely Clown,” “Walk Away From Me” and set closer “Sumner Street.” See y’all down on the bayou. (Jeffrey Sisk)