Eric Brace has a big sound incorporating the wide vistas of Hootie & the Blowfish into Nashville, not to mention one or two Paris café streetsides transplanted to New York and Atlanta. He and the band have enjoyed the favor of critics for some time now, and this EP's being shuffled out to present studio versions of concert favorites that never made it into past CDs. Six Songs is also a way of keeping fans well supplied until the next disc, now in process, sees the light of day.
Brace knows his musics. Three standards make their way into the repertoire and the singer-guitarist chose to adopt the original 1928 sound of My Baby Just Cares for Me rather than Nina Simone's '68 interpretation. The cut suh-wings, but not as much as his own Big Fish, a rollicking song infusing a bit of Lionel Hampton's old band into some of Last Train Home's lighthearted country. A good deal of encanting in the original French takes place in three cuts, and Brace obviously knows the tongue, as his infections are on the money, especially in Autumn Leaves, providing a smooth contrast to Karl Straub's rock cum Memphis guitar solo. And when Brace reverts back to English, the transformation's complete. For just six cuts, there's a hell of a lot here.
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