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Interstate Cowboy - There's a Road

There's A Road

Interstate Cowboy

Ranch Ruckus Records

Available from CD Baby

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

To label them a Cowboy or Western band is way to simplistic and doesn't give the true scope of their music, where you will find some Reggae riffs, bits of Jazz, small pockets of Folk and an amalgam of bits and pieces of the musical fabric that makes up music today. The songwriting in this Colorado band is good. There are nine songs by Tim Champlin, and the other four songs are by the likes of George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, one traditional song and for good measure, and perhaps to demonstrate their diversity and instrumental chops, Take The A Train by Billy Strayhorn. The band is comprised of Tim Champlin on lead vocals and guitar; Dick Meis on pedal steel, vocals on The American Way; Grant Gordy on lead guitar and mandolin; Gene Libbea on upright bass and piano on There's A Road; and Oscar Dezoto on drums. All 5 band members are well connected to their instruments and know how to use them in a very effective manner. They are aided in their quest for good music by 3 guests John Magnie—Hammond B-3, Piano, Accordion and Harmony Vocals, and Steve Amedee (from the subdudes)—Ashiko and Harmony Vocals, and Mary Buirgy—Vocals on "The American Way". The playing is tight and sharp and each of the band members is capable, and does step to the forefront and demonstrate his instrumental prowess; Meis and Gordy stand out particularly on their instruments, neither will let you just mindlessly toe tap as their talent really shines through. This is a band that has the complete works, all the pieces and they are a goer. A real solid disc that is sure to give much enjoyment to the ears and mind.

Track List:

  • I Got Nothin'
  • There's a Road
  • Everytime She Makes a Mistake
  • No Place Like Home
  • Rio Grande Lament
  • Just for Some
  • They Always Go for the Heart
  • Lady Be Good
  • Frankie & Johnny
  • Old Cowhand
  • The American Way
  • The Sky Is Falli8ng
  • Take the A Train

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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