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Scrapomatic - Sidewalk Caesars

Sidewalk Caesars


Landslide Music

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

Mike Mattison, vocals, and Paul Olsen, vocals and guitar, have recorded their second Landslide disc in as many years and they take their blend of rural and citified blues to new levels. For this disc they include their touring band that includes Ted Pecchio on bass and Tyler "Falcon" Greenwell on drums, both are members of Susan Tedeschi's band, and also Dave Yoke on guitar. There is some additional guitar by Derek Trucks, Mattison is the lead singer in the Derek Trucks Band, and some percussion by Count'Butu. Of the thirteen tracks only two are covers; Drunken Spree by Skip James and I Just Wanna Hang Around With You by R. Hazard, the rest are written by one or the other, or in some combination of, Olsen and Mattison. It is the state of the music business now that these two products of the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, who began playing together in the 1990s, and received recognition as best R & B Group had to leave to get success, but with the move away and solid individual endeavors they are achieving their dream. There is a special blend in the two voices, one kind of scratchy and worn and the other a cleaner tenor that matches the songs, which are a mix of old blues and the modern world. It is the strength of the songs that drives this disc. Scrapomatic is a group with that wonderful ability to take the humor of the old bluesmen and set it in the modern world, a very satisfying disc that has eaten up many otherwise boring miles.

Track List:

  • He Called My Name
  • Drink House
  • Killing Yourself On Purpose
  • I Want The Truth
  • Remember This Day
  • Long Gone
  • Hook, Line and Sinker
  • The Fire Next Time
  • The Old Whiskey Show
  • Drunken Spree
  • Long-Haired State
  • I Just Wanna Hang Around With You
  • Good Luck With Your Impossible Dream

Edited by: David N. Pyles

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

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