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LINDLEY CREEK/Freedom, Love, & The Open Road: It's subtle but there's modern bluegrass going on here. The usual themes of home, hearth and heartbreak are well represented, but there's a dose of soul lurking in this backwoods soul presentation. They keep it real and keep it on the money but your ears are guaranteed to perk up in a very nice way as their sound works it's wonders. Well done.
(Pinecastle 1244)

LORRAINE JORDAN & Carolina Road/Bill Monroe's Ol' Mandolin: One listen to this set by any newbies will immediately erase all doubt about how and why this is a top shelf, traditional bluegrass outfit. Proponents of true grass, this organic, back porch set is right on the money delivering a toe tapping good time that gets to you before you know what happened. Solid throughout.
(Pinecastle 1242)

DAVE SCHOEPKE/Tessellated Resonance: What in the hell do they have going on in the north woods where this was recorded? Sinister sounding stuff with a highly minimalist edge, is this what happens when you nearest neighbor is 10 miles and the winter nights are long and cold?

OGD/Big Game: A power trio that knows how to sling the power chords takes the youth of America on a trip through the dark side which is really appropriate these days. Head banging, hormone releasing stuff that the disaffected youth will make rise to their top faster than their teenybopper counter parts raise something on Tik Tok.

DAYS BETWEEEN STATIONS/Giants: Producer Billy Sherwood makes sure the Yes touches are well scattered throughout this progressive duo's stuff. Very much a throw back to the whole EG/King Crimson era when all your faves were still starving, shades of ELP etc are in the air.
(Station One)

JOAQUIN RODRIGO/Soleriana: How is anybody going to know this is a Rodrigo collection if none of the tracks are "Arangues"? A set of his chamber orchestral works, you can tell his stuff started out on guitar but it had the potential to go for a big sound just as easily. A lovely work giving proper due to a modern composer, this has got to remind you of when grand pa would stand in front of the record player conducting Living Stereo records with all the gusto he had. Wonderful listening.
(Ibs 82020)

FIN DU TEMPS/Messiaen Takemitsu: A contemporary classical four piece outfit raises the roof taking you to the dissonant/spooky side of the classics where it seems like a burst of crime jazz is lurking around each corner, almost like Mack the Knife. Modernists will welcome the angular explorations that go to unexpected places.
(Ibs 72020)

PUERTO/Portugal: This duo certainly doesn't make your grand daddy's surf rock. Almost like going through the paces in slow motion, this is sounds for the times when the sun and water isn't the same as what was played in generations past. The kids today aren't the same either. Hmm, millennial beach party?
(Blind Owl )

ERIC JOHANSON/Below Sea Level: A bunch of modern sons of the south come together for a guitar shredder, blues rocker that kicks ass and knows how to raise the roof. With the Dickinson Brothers at the wheel, everyone has thier finger on the pulse with this steeped in southern sounds set goes the distance for people that want the choogle to go on all night. A real guitar hard attack.
(Nola Blue 12)

KIIRSTEN THIEN/Two Sides: A real guitar shredder gal that knows the blues inside out starts out with her take on the real deal and travels through the place where the foreigners ripped it off. And there's a few stops in between. A real wizard on slide, she leaves no room for manqueing around and will not suffer fools gladly. Hot stuff throughout.
(Screen Door 6)

Volume 44/Number 285
August 8, 2020
MIDWEST RECORD
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2020 Midwest Record


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