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Marshall Rhodes - Marshall Rhodes

Marshall Rhodes

Marshall Rhodes

Bo-La-De Productions/ Big River Records

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This is a disc that is very easy to listen to; but it isnít "Easy Listening Music" in the sense that we normally think of it. The songs are exceptionally well-crafted vignettes that tell their tales of life in an interesting manner that pulls the listener into the action of the story. This disc has a very laid-back Bay Area feel to it and has more to it than tales of love found and love lost. The music has a wonderful feel. Though they use electric instruments, it doesnít ever get overly loud or harsh, which is not to say it is dull because its strength is in the songs, and the very engaging quality that they contain. This band is tight and has that feel as if they have been playing for a long time, as they go through the interesting twists and turns the music takes. There is some stellar playing of electric guitar and electric slide guitar by Michael Lehman, who seems to have a very light touch and doesnít overplay what he has to say, exceptionally tasteful would be the operative word for all concerned here. Both the band, a 4 piece, and the supporting musicians leave plenty of space in the music, which gives the listener the room to let it flow. The band is led by Glenn Burke who is the main songwriter, he wrote or co-wrote, 10 of the 13 songs, and does most of the lead singing; Michael Lehman wrote 2 of the songs and Jesse Kincaid who plays on a few of the cuts wrote the remaining song. The rhythm section of Michael Goodwin on bass and Adam "Bagel" Berkowitz, who also produced the disc, is tight and strong without being overpowering. A strong and solid outing with hopefully many more to follow.

Track List:

  • La' Pontchartrain
  • Brand New Coat Of Paint
  • This Perfect World
  • In The Name Of God
  • The Road
  • When You Dance
  • Love That's The Way That It Goes
  • My Turn To Cry
  • Learning To Fly
  • Laughing Under Heaven
  • Kay Marie
  • Sparks Rag
  • Not Far From Heaven

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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