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Rainmaker - Long Slow Fade

Long Slow Fade

Rainmaker

Available from CD Baby.

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

This four-piece band that now hails from the San Francisco Bay area had its initial start across the country at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, when John-Paul McLean and Jonathan Chi met on the first day of class. The two had an immediate synergy and began writing and playing around in the area, John-Paul on vocals and bass, and Jonathan on vocals and guitar. They moved to Northern California and worked in a studio and had opportunity to work with a wide variety of musicians of many genres, thus influencing their writing and playing, eventually hooking up with Inkx Herman (drums, percussion) from South Africa and Jordan Feinstein (keyboards, vocals) building into the storm that is Rainmaker. This is not an acoustic band, however the music has that feel to it, there are no long extended solos or screaming passages that demand attention; there is just solid playing and the solos taken are all within the context of the song. Instead this band relies on good songwriting, all songs by Jonathan Chi, and solid ensemble playing with good harmonies, at times there is a funkified feel to them. Having Mickey Hart (percussion), Dave Zirbel (steel guitar), and Eric Levy (additional keyboards, Analog Synthesizers) helps flesh out the sound and give it just that extra bit more punch. This is a first disc by this group and there is already anticipation for the next foray because of the promise they display.

Track List:

  • The Last Record Store
  • Real Good Reason to Hide
  • Further From the Truth
  • Sweetwater Has Run Dry
  • Photograph
  • Waiting and Wondering
  • True to Everybody but You
  • In a Way That You Want It to Be
  • Another Sequel in Hollywood
  • The Last Record Store Reprise

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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