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Album Review

Picking up where their last collaboration left off, the trio of Kevin Welch, Kieran Kane, and Fats Kaplin are not simply mailing it in as might be the case with other trios resting on the strength of previous efforts. The slow, barren "Ain't Gonna Do It" has Kane leading the way with Welch providing distant harmonies for a fine result. Meanwhile, Welch shows his prowess during the stellar "I Wish I Had That Mandolin" that glides along thanks to Fats Kaplin adding accents on an electric sitar. It's a song that even a great songwriter like Steve Earle would curse with envy. Perhaps the biggest compliment is that all three let the songs work regardless of who is doing what. The simple story Kane relays of checking into a hotel room during "Red Light Blinking" is probably the first early highlight, but there are many more to come. A few bluesy or Delta-tinged rags come into the album such as "Callin' You" and "That's What I Got" but these pale greatly in comparison to "Last Lost Highway" that Welch nails beautifully. The same can be said of "Highland Mary" which has some subtle Celtic touches guiding it along and the powerful "What Are They Doin' in Heaven Today?" The only miscue is the spoken word delivery of "Dark Boogie #7" which sinks like a stone very quickly.

Customer Reviews

Under the Radar On Top of Their Game

This album clearly flew under the radar in 2007 not to be reviewed yet, so I am doing it rightfull service. Blusey, Folks-Roots musically inspired communication. Callin' You - Last Lost Highway, 12 Chimes, Ain't Gonna Do It, are classic folk-bluegrass comps, Zagnut is a dreamy gem. All their stuff is great and they discover their own surprises within each piece. The range of influence is all over the range from Williams to Cash, to CSN&Y, but they could go anywhere stylistically, they are married to discovery over style. When a song finds a narrative they buy in all the way, but if it's just mood that's fine to.

Cool Old Men

Sometimes I go searching for a song I like, most of the time I come up empty. Today I found Dark Boogie #7. Think "Jerusalem Tomorrow" with the beat and the tempo that it's always been missing. Built like Half Dome, lean and strong from the poetic tension of a tight rhyme scheme, heavy without weighing you down, the gospel according to KWK. Please listen to it, tell somebody about it, shine the sun upon it.
Hey, and the rest of the cd is pretty dang cool.

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