Every once in a while you come across a young musician who impresses you with their style and potential. Mike Dougherty is just such a young musician. Dougherty is obviously enthusiastic about fingerstyle guitar; blues, Ameracan primitive, ballads and contemporary influences are popping out all over the place! Hopefully he will continue to grow and develop in that direction as he seems to definitely have the feel and love required to excel.
Dougherty's CD, Better Slow Down, is short; about 25 minutes and only includes eight titles. The all original material is beautifully and smoothly executed. At points you may be hear echoes of Jorma Kaukonen, John Fahey, Elizabeth Cotton, Gary Davis or any of the other great Americana fingerstyle guitarists. One of those echoes is most clearly heard on track four, Another Brilliant Idea, which may be the strongest piece in the collection. The musical references to Gary Davis and Jorma Kaukonen on this piece seem unmistakable.
The overall feel of the CD is late night, at the folk festival campground, the musicians are playing for each other and truly for their own enjoyment. The next campsite over is a young guitarist playing for his or her own pure love and you stop your own playing to listen. The delicacy and intimacy is so plain that you almost feel like you are violating a privacy....
Dougherty is a skillful guitarist who will hopefully display a bit more drive and fire in future releases. The music is wonderfully and clearly articulated and will introduce you to a developing talent. Keep listening for Mike Dougherty and expect some great things!
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