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Kurt Winikka / Press

“The whole CD is wonderfully conservative yet full of what I would call positive acoustical energy with music that appeals to so many different senses on so many different levels. It reminds me of Harry Chapin, Woodie Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and even The Band. I can also hear the slight Americana/R&B influence in there as well... Kurt Winikka will affirm your faith in real, genuine folk music again. I mean vintage Folk music which is a rare find these days! He represents all that is real and good in music and his latest CD Says the Rain delivers a highly passionate 12 track catalog via top flight passion play, amazing songwriting and music that covers all the bases: Americana, Folk, Alternative Rock, R&B.”

“From start to finish Says the Rain by Kurt Winikka is an impressive collection of music. From start to finish it’s very passionate, and extremely melodic in nature. To say the least it’s packed to the hilt with musical variety. The writing, playing, & singing abilities of Kurt Winikka and company are impressive and will be sure to lift your spirits without even trying. As the CD progressed I became more and more impressed with him as an artist. The musicianship is first rate, each song possessing a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. Lastly – the playing, writing, and singing abilities of Kurt Winikka and company are rock solid.”

“This CD is a solid release with many feel good grooves with a delicate Saloon Folk feel to it. At the end of the day Kurt Winikka gives us a fresh glimpse at an amazing artist and takes us back a few years – before everything started sounding like – well like everything else... ”

“For the record Winikka is just a breath away from Celtic Folk or even Country or Bluegrass but skillfully and methodically never crosses the line deep into either realm. All songs are wonderfully simple but masterful in their overall arrangements. I can also hear a slight old school psychedelic touch to the music like Cat Stevens. Music reminded me of a cross between Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, and classic Bob Dylan. This CD is quite entertaining overall with an amazing vocal front of Winikka who is a musical triple threat in my mind and a Folkish soul searcher. He’s also a world class songwriter; he has an amazing voice and a likeable appeal (visually and vocally). His lyrical content is straight from the heart and offers a very strong and confident male perspective and spirit... All song do exactly what they are meant to do via well-crafted movements and top tiered musicianship. The overall production value is superb with a crystal clear sound quality.”

“Kurt Winikka stands out from other Modern Folk-Americana artists within this saturated market. Their answer to mundane music is to deliver something unique with a signature sound to call their own. The strong suit of Kurt Winikka is his “true to form” Folkish passion, solid musicianship and thought provoking melodies... ...one would be wise to keep a watchful eye on Winikka over the years to come.”