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Dave Potts

Looking Up 0602

Looking Up records
PO Box 3462
Auburn AL 36831-3462

Available from Dave Potts' web site.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Frank Gutch Jr.

I love Dave Potts. Not only is he good, he writes his own reviews right on the CD. Says here, "Amazing", "World Famous", "Breathtakingly Handsome" and "Always In Style". Why should I write when it's already done for me? Well, maybe because "He's Good Folk"? Guy's got his bases covered as far as I can see, though I would amend the last part to say "He's Damn Good Folk".

The pictures on the insert make him look more like an astronaut than a musician, but maybe it's the two signs he's holding that throws me off ("funny guy" and "seriously funny guy"). This guy cracks me up. If Potts couldn't sing or play or write, he could do well as a graphic artist. He certainly put together a great and eyecatching package.

If the packaging is not enough, three tracks in is the quintessential baseball song for baseball the sport, not the business. I mention this because most efforts at songs about baseball are lame, at best. This one isn't. Most minor leaguers are playing for that slight chance of making the big leagues, but they wouldn't be there at all if not for the game. Potts nails the idealism of that in the chorus of If I Broke the Record:
These towns roll by like tumbleweeds
Through the windows of these late night trains
To those of us down here it's still a game
I may never be a hero and you may never know my name
But if I broke the record, I would do it clean

Potts' life is good and each song is a reminder that he is grateful. "The Garden We're Growing" nods to those in the military and the sacrifices they make; "Ferris Wheel" keys on the wonder of life as seen at the fair; Old Chevelle is a remembrance of love; Throw the Line In outlines fishing as more than fishing… No lyrical ledgerdemain here, just great lyrics and solid themes. Potts' life is, indeed, good. Twelve songs worth of good, at the least.

Dave Potts plays folk music. How could he not? He is good folk. What I mean is that Dave Potts plays damn good folk music. And he does it here with a great lineup of musicians who lay out fine music with no seeming effort. This is the way it should be done. Evidently, it is the way Dave Potts does it.

One thing, though. After the comedic lead-in, I was sure there would be numerous humorous tracks to catch the funny bone, but there isn't. I'm not complaining. The music is very fine. But I really have to catch the "seriously funny guy" sometime. I'll bet he's as funny live as he is in his packaging. Probably even funnier.

Track List:

  • $12.99
  • In My Backyard
  • If I Broke the Record
  • Meteor Shower
  • The Garden We're Growing
  • Ferris Wheel
  • Old Chevelle
  • The Slightest Shove
  • Amanda Bramlett
  • Throw the Line In
  • You Deserve Nothing Less
  • Poker Face
All songs written by Dave Potts, © 2006.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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