Pete Ahonen is definitely a gifted songwriter, as there are nine of his original songs on this disc that portray vibrant pictures. His characters jump out of the songs to become engaged in the stories they are in, becoming characters you identify with and take on the shape and tone of three-dimensional people you care about. You have situations that are as alive as if painted by the words of Donald Harington, characters as real as those in the songs of Townes Van Zandt, and situations as brought into focus by J.P. S. Brown.
The notes on the disc were very sketchy. What I got was a pre pre copy of an acoustic album in which both Mr. Ahonen's raspy voice is pushed by his guitar—from time to time a he trades it out for banjo—and also the bass of Andrew Gibson. (There were times when it sure felt as if there was a drum.) This man's ability to put words to music and have it resonate chords in the listener make him one to keep an eye on.
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