Colin Linden & Luther Dickinson
Stony Plain 2019
Review by David Bowling
Colin Linden and Luther Dickinson are two veteran guitarist who have joined forces to create the album Amour. They have basically selected some of their favorite songs, invited some friends to contribute the lead vocals, and the result is a laid-back, personal album of love songs.
Colin Linden’s career is close to the 50 year mark. He has been a noted session guitarist for Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, and The Band among others, and currently balances a solo career with being a member of Blackie and The Rodeo Kings.
Luther Dickinson is currently the lead guitarist for the North Mississippi All Stars but it was his four year stint as a member of the Black Crowes that helped define his career.
They have selected songs from country, blues, folk, and rhythm & blues. Their guitars meld together in supporting vocalists Billy Swan, Rachel Davis, Ruby Amanfu, Sam Palladio, and Jonathan Jackson.
The old Ray Price hit “For The Good Times” is transformed into a Smokey blues number, curtesy of the lead vocal by Ruby Amanfu. Billy Swan’s composition became a classic R&B hit for Clyde McPhatter. Now Swan turns it back in a more country direction. “Crazy Arms” with Sam Palladio handling the lead vocal duties, find Linden switching to electric dobro.
The only original composition is the album opening “Careless Love.” This instrumental establishes the tone and style of what will follow as Linden’s dobro and Dickinson’s electric guitar create a love song without words.
Sometimes it is enough for a musician, or two musicians in this case, to just have some fun and create an album of appealing music. Their guitar playing is both subtle and technical. A good album for late at night when the lights are low.