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Stephen Clair - What Luck

What Luck

Stephen Clair

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

This singer/songwriter had the good fortune to open for Robert Earl Keen on a tour which then led to his partnership with Rich Brotherton, the guitarist for the REK band, and the producer of this disc. It also led to a whole slew of REK band members, and other Austinites contributing to this disc by playing on it. It was maybe the break he was going to put him on the broader band of radar and play lists. He has been writing songs for a good spell of time and this marriage of his New York City sensibilities with the grit of Texas and its musical sensibilities seems to have paid off for him, maybe even in a winning hand.

Clair's songs are about people and situations and have that ring of real life about them that gives them a life on their own, and with Brotherton at the controls and pulling the strings he and his band mates breath a life into the songs that makes them snap off the disc. You listen and knock yourself in the head and say, "Oh yeah! That's it." The songs whether they take the shape of Country, Rock 'n Roll, or a kind of Rock-a-Billy hybrid just reach out to the listener and make sense. Basically a good time feel coming from the speakers.

Track List:

  • Lucky As Can Be
  • Don't Give Me That Look
  • The Women I'm Not Married To
  • The Wild Goose
  • Long Lost Friend
  • Your Woman's Cooking Is Too Good
  • I Said The Wrong Thing
  • Screaming Contest
  • Sunday Daddy
  • Your Love Gets Me
  • I Watched You Go To Sleep

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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