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John Oszajca - Elephant Graveyard

Elephant Graveyard

John Oszajca

Dreamy Draw Music - DDM003

Avaliable from CD Baby.

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

This disc is full of surprises, and almost all are very pleasant reminders that good music is still being produced no matter the state of music industry, the closing of the neighborhood record stores, the death of the intelligent music magazines (No Depression), etc. This Hawaii born, LA based singer songwriter/rocker is giving us this essential blend of music that has a very metallic edgy feel to it; folk—rock with just enough of distortion and feedback to make us want to forget that he carries the "brand" singer/songwriter. He is quite adapt at taking his personal stories and turning them into tales/songs that all can relate to. His style owes as much to Bob Dylan and Hank Williams as it does to Love and The Seeds. There is at times in his music a conglomeration of the elements of folk, a lot of country and blended to or saddled up with rock. Oszajca plays acoustic and electric guitars, percussion, drums and of course does the vocals. The sound is fleshed out when he is joined by his producer Dave Darling on electric and acoustic guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keyboards, programming, and back-up vocals; Ted Andreadis on piano, accordion, and harmonium; and Graham Hitchcock on stand up bass.

This is one of those discs that may not get the airplay needed to give Oszajca the exposure he needs to the uninitiated music consumer, which will be a shame, as he is an artist with an original story to tell in a unique way. Do take the time to search this one out as it will provide the rewards.

Track List:

  • The Day I Died
  • Baby Bye Bye
  • Where's Bob Dylan When You Need Him?
  • No Turning Back
  • Damn That Woman
  • Blues For Susan
  • Sinkin' In
  • Big Time
  • Ostrich Blues
  • Angalyne

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

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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