Katherine Homes could have released the eight songs on Speak with just her and a guitar. She doesn’t need bells and whistles to make the tracks any prettier. But with the accompaniment of a handful of well-known Colorado musicians, producer Jamie Mefford (Nathaniel Rateliff/Gregory Alan Isakov) makes the tracks on Speak come to life with tasteful, elegant arrangements that highlight the simple beauty, without over powering them — particularly on the poignant “Put Down Your Gun.”
The conscious thought behind the effort is equally powerful. Homes, a committed environmental advocate, is quick to point out the waste inherent with plastic CDs and has developed the SeedCD, which is a well thought out download card that is embedded with non-GMO seeds for planting.