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Grams and Krieger - No, You!

No, You!

Grams and Krieger

Available from CDBaby

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

On the cover it sure looks like something 'funny' is happening just out of sight of the camera, which would not be the least bit unusual with this duo. They have been together for umpteen years, and act almost like brothers that love each other, but will never make it easy on the other. The cover photo and the disc title reflect that practical joker air of competitive brotherly love, and it is infused in the music on this disc as well. They have fun and enjoy each other's company, and this adds that certain extra ingredient, both in the playing and delivery, to the music. They are strongly supported on this collection of original songs (with only one cover) by a rotating cast of very able musicians- a group that knows whose disc they are playing on and they are a very respectful lot. This disc is rooted in the blues, but covers a variety of styles, leaning slightly toward the country side, in an electrified mode. You lead off with Danny Krieger's voice that has been soaked in a whiskey-and-cigarette vinaigrette to come to its proper rasp. The singing of upright and electric bassist Steve Grams is smoother, and has more of a country edge to it. The two of them more or less trade off as to who gets to be singing lead. There is that cohesiveness that comes when friends that truly admire what the other is creating play together. You particularly hear it when the voices blend into that seamless voice of two: give a listen to Hey Paulina. It is one of the songs worth going to CDBaby for.

Track List:

  • Chilly Side of Town
  • Don't Look Up
  • Big Mouth Baby
  • Blues in the Bottle
  • Memphis Train
  • These Blues
  • Lay Low
  • Lonesome Whistle Blow
  • Old Sparky's Waltz
  • Piggy Back Rider
  • They Said
  • It's a Dog's Life
  • Hey Paulina

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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