Rattlesnake Cage

February 18, 2014 | Format: MP3

$8.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 18, 2014
  • Label: Black Hen Music
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Black Hen Music
  • Total Length: 41:26
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  • ASIN: B00HAHAM4U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,954 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 18, 2014
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Fans of Leo Kottke's early albums (especially the "Armadillo" album), this is something you need to hear. Reminiscent of that album, this too is an all instrumental set, close mic'd, for a full, rich "up close" sound. There's no "effects", no overdubbing, just the sound of one guitar and the use of an occasional slide to add some spice. The sound is very good--crisp and clean without any harshness and/or distortion. Similar to the "Armadillo" album, the close mic-ing picks up the full, rich, warm sound--nothing is hidden. Turn the volume up a bit and you'll hear what I mean. My rating may be slightly biased because I've been listening to Fahey, Kottke, and Lang since the long ago days of record stores/vinyl albums. To my ears no one has surpassed what they did all those years ago. But players like Dawson are keeping that whole sound and approach alive in the present. So approach my review knowing that.

Steve Dawson is still relatively unknown, but this album should change that. Reminiscent of earlier work by Kottke, Lang, and Fahey, with this album Dawson is continuing in the tradition known as "American Primitive" guitar playing. I dislike labels because they're so limiting. In Dawson's music you'll hear blues, folk, country, ragtime, and some slightly undefinable pieces of styles all mixed into one rich, full, assured style. His playing is concise, clean, and assured, His judicious use of a slide means he doesn't use it as a crutch or to hide slopping playing. When a tune calls for some slide, it's there and then it's gone, bringing his youthful (sadly I'm at that stage of life where I can use that term), exciting, note choice and picking to the fore.
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