FAME Review: D.B. Rielly - Cross My Heart + Hope To Die
D.B. Rielly - Cross My Heart + Hope To Die

Cross My Heart + Hope To Die

D.B. Rielly

Available from CD Baby.

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

Roots driven, humorous, sparkling clear vignettes that punctuate the lives of those that live their life consciously, Rielly's songs are those of one who lives life wide open and free. That is to say he is conscious that life has twists and turns, and you have to be open to them, ready to roll with what life gives you and make the best of it. This multi-instrumentalist, (I count ten instruments, however never being the best math student?) also wrote all of the songs except, Bob Seeger's, Turn The Page. This is a true potpourri of the music that makes up America; Cajun, Zydeco, Country, Blues, Folk, and probably a few that this author failed to notice that enhanced this already rich stew.

On this disc he not only wrote the songs, produced the songs and has put together a solid band (not indicated whether they play regularly with him or not), Hiromasa Suzuki on electric guitar, Bruce Gordon on bass, Robin Khemani on all manner of drums and percussion. They not only support his songs but add a richness to them.

D.B. Rielly is a superb songwriter that has the talent to notice those special moments, takes those the time to parlay those incidents into these crystal clear stories that spring to life. He has that rare ability to enter a song fully, so that when he does a Zydeco song for instance, it is a Zydeco song, and not just paying lip service to the genre. It is a rare talent to notice these and then to transpose them into something that will be meaningful to the listener. He has to be one of the finest songwriters that most have never heard of. As a bonus you get a very interesting CD container that shows imagination and daring.

Track List:

  • Turn the Page
  • Wrapped Around Your Little Finger
  • Some Day
  • Come Hell or High Water
  • Moving Mountains
  • It's Gonna Be Me
  • Untie Me
  • Your Doggin' Fool
  • Roadrunner
  • Fíorchroí (True Heart)

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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