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Don't Fight It

Tom Rigney & Flambeau

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Album Review

For those unfamiliar with violin great Tom Rigney's three-decade-long career as part of the Bay Area's roots music scene, Don't Fight It is a great "catch up" primer that offers a powerful showcase for his virtuoso fiddling, colorful vocals, and his band Flambeau's multi-faceted romp through everything from straight blues and sizzling Cajun to New Orleans and zydeco two-stepping. The buoyant 13-track set jumps to life with a straightforward blues vocal ("Just Your Fool") before revving up for a bluesy swing romp driven by Rigney's dancing melodic violin ("Adeline Shuffle"). Rigney and his cohorts do some heavy moodswinging from there, starting with the sly, soulful instrumental "Snakewalk," going all boogie-woogie and comical on the vocal "Treat Me Like a Dog," and then getting downright gritty and poignant on the cleverly titled "The Clown and the Stripper." While Rigney's violin and vocals always manage to stand out, some tracks offer showcases for his formidable Flambeau foursome, particularly "Caroline's Boogie" and its irrepressible piano pounding by Caroline Dahl and the blazing twang of Danny Caron's guitar. All in all, the set offers a splendid mix of vocals and instrumentals, taking the listener on a colorful journey full of wit, heartfelt emotion, and various stops along the road of Americana music.

Biography

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Fiddler Tom Rigney has contributed more than a quarter-of-a-century to roots music in San Francisco. After graduating from Harvard with a Masters in fine arts, he went on to play the fiddle for a band named Back in the Saddle. That stint brought him a Bammie (Bay Area Music Award) in the early '80s, thanks to his performance on the group's first album. The band independently issued one of Rigney's compositions, "Time & Again," which became a regional hit. When Back in the Saddle folded, Rigney...
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Don't Fight It, Tom Rigney
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Rock
  • Released: Sep 19, 2011

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