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Lonesome Travelers

Lonesome Travelers

Valley Entertainment 2-VLT-15209

Available from Valley Entertainment.

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

This is a wonderful country disc in the true sense of the word, in that it embraces a more simple rural time and embraces human day-to-day worries. It is country in its feel with some excellent peddle steel by Dwight Breland, harmonies that are always good and solid and at times stunning, partially due to Susan Cowsill's help, but really the three main members of the band all sing, and their Fellow Travelers sure do contribute. The basic band is John Thomas Griffith, guitars, bass, mandolin, vocals, keys, and Paul Sanchez, guitars, bass, and vocals, are a big part of Cowboy Mouth, and Eddie Ecker, drums, percussion, keys, vocals and bass joins them in the group. The group is augmented by various starts stalwarts of Cowboy Mouth and various other musicians from the Southern Louisiana area who enjoyed the concept of a more acoustic, folksy, and at times a gritty throwback brand of rock n'roll (sometimes called Americana). Griffith and Sanchez have a long history of playing and writing together when their other bands had concurrent downtimes. They both decided that their current band didn't meet their quieter or more thoughtful moments and decided during a hiatus to do something about it and this is the result. There is sincerity and truthfulness to this disc that reaches right into the heart that is not heard in the standard Nashville fare, and that is a large part of what sets this disc apart. It is a harking back to an era when there was less artifice and attention paid to appearance, and the majority of attention went to the intention and truth in the material, a welcome relief.

Track List:

  • Free Rambling Cowboy
  • Money to Burn
  • Runaway Lovesick Train
  • Prisoners of Love
  • The Fire Eater
  • I'm Free
  • Land of Broken Hearts
  • In a Couple of Hours
  • Bed of Roses
  • Another Chip Off the Heart
  • Ain't It a Shame

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

Copyright 2003, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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