Sunday, April 03, 2011

Gary Bennett - My Ol' Guitar Raucous BR-549 co-founder here delivers a discreetly classic collection of new tunes escorted by some choices from his back catalogue on this second solo release. For the uninitiated the blueprint is Bakersfield country, Nashville balladry & vintae honky-tonkin' two-steps, working man done-wrong & being unduly wronged blues & pretty exquisite laments. A case - & one to keep out of the cabinet - of a troubadour accompanied by assorted compadres providin effective flourishes of fiddle, steel guitar & accordion all furnished by Bennett's keenin twang, reminiscent of Guy Clark. As with his former outfit the clear production may be too antiseptic for those hankering for a more lo-fi rider but even if it doesn't enulf the whole damned forest should you set the woods on fire it sure burns a mightily bright blaze as craftmanship comes to the fore. Stu Gibson

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