FAME Review: Guy Forsyth - The Freedom to Fail
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Guy Forsyth - The Freedom to Fail

The Freedom to Fail

Guy Forsyth

Blue Corn Music - BCM1202

Available from Guy Forsyth's online store.

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

This album's tunes are focused on just what the title says, having the freedom to fail, being willing to take the chances and know the ideas may not work, however it is important to attempt them. This songwriter, who was initially known for his work with the group The Asylum Street Spankers, has been on his own though he at times enlists members of The Spankers to work with him. John Doyle is on this disc, as is fellow Austin icon Jon Dee Graham, and multi-instrumentalist Sick among various others.

For those not familiar with Mr. Forsyth he plays a plethora of stringed instruments, both new and quite old, and he is quite adept at playing them. On this disc aside from the vocals he plays acoustic and electric guitars, ukulele, harmonica, mandolin, wine glass and saw. Just the instruments give you a bit of a clue that you are not getting your ordinary straight ahead folk or singer/songwriter fare. The tunes vary from some strong singer/songwriter tunes based in the blues folk idiom, to a work song/sea chantey, Sink 'Em Low (the Holler), to some pretty heavy rock n' roll, to some almost jazz tunes though most stays close to that electrified blues/singer/songwriter idiom. A diverse album that is like the title of it put out there for you and he isn't afraid that some of it might not appeal and thus in your mind fail, however he had the courage to put it out there. An interesting disc that is an abundant display of talent.

Track List:

  • Red Dirt
  • The Hard Way
  • Sink 'Em Low (The Holler)
  • The Things That Matter
  • Econoline
  • Can't Stop Dancing
  • Balance
  • Thank You For My Hands
  • Played Again
  • Should Have Been Raining
  • Old Time Man
  • Home To Me

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
 
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