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Last Train Home - Bound Away

Bound Away

Last Train Home

Blue Buffalo - 0014

Available from Last Train Home's web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

This Country Rock or Roots Americana band has a solid large sound to it; this is due to its rotating number of players. Eric Brace is the lynch pin of the outfit, he does the lead singing, plays acoustic guitar, and he wrote 7 of the 12 songs. The rest of the band shuffles in and out of the line-up and play as needed. It is listed as 10 strong.

Of the songs Brace didn't write, one is the traditional tune, Rye Whiskey; a straight forward country version of Bob Dylan's Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You; and then tunes by Karl Straub, Paul Kelly; and to start the disc off is a rocking version of "Marlene", by Kevin Johnson. They tend to throw a few good curve balls with some pieces that shift the tempo and use horns and particularly the trumpet on Dogs On The East Side, courtesy of Kevin Cordt. There is a very heart felt tribute to Johnny Cash that avoids maudlin sentimentality, and the trite emotions that have a tendency to appear in this type of song. Special mention should be made for Jared Barlett, and the engineering, mixing and producing he did on this disc, as well as playing electric guitar and some vocals. Other special mention should be for Jeff Lang for some electric guitar leads and some eerie resophonic guitar on Gravedigger's Blues. It is a band that knows the value of a good song and goes out of its way to make a strong presentation.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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