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Solid States & Loose Ends

Steve Dawson

Black Hen Music 2016

Review by David Bowling

 

Steve Dawson has just released his seventh studio album titled Solid States And Loose Ends. It is an appropriate title as Dawson takes his brand roots music and travels in a number of directions including blues, folk, bluegrass, and even a little gospel. It all adds up to a relaxed affair as Dawson is creating music without a cohesive them, which makes it interesting and fun.

Dawson may not be a household name but he is one of the better guitarists on the music scene today. His technique combined with his story telling ability makes for well structured and very-listenable songs.

Whether it is the swamp rock of “Loose End,” or the fusion of soul and blues on “Final Words,” or the slide guitar virtuosity on “Monkey On My Back” and “You Got What It Takes;” it is a nice ride through the mind of a creative and mature musician.

Rating: ***1/2

 

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