You can read Duggan Flanakin’s full review at http://www.myspace.com/flanfire or just scroll down. Duggan Flanakin is a music lover, journalist, and veteran of the Sixties who is also a visionary for human freedom in the developing world. Native Texan (and proud of it!), longtime resident of our nation’s capital.
Live at the Bugle Boy — WOW!
Lane Gosnay is beaming all over at the release of “Live at the Bugle Boy, Volume 1″ – which you can buy at Waterloo or online for about $15 — or better yet, just drive on down to LaGrange for one of the weekend shows at this magical listening room that once was a World War II barracks and thus has wood floors, a great grand piano, lots of good coffee and beer and wine, and no talking during performances at all.
This 17-song collection — which includes many songs never before recorded — is a potpourri of great acoustic music from Austin’s best and some of the nation’s most interesting touring pros — and there is even a little Aussie music thrown in for good measure.
We’ve got Carolyn Wonderland on slide guitar (well, maybe a dobro) with “Misunderstood” — plus Carolyn backs up Shelley King on her “Stormin ‘ in the South.” We’ve got Patrice Pike doing the very jazzy “Mystery Girl,” which includes a lot of scat singing. The CD closes out with Ruthie Foster doing Sister Rosetta Tharp’s “Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air),” and THAT cut follows the fabulous Dana Cooper with his own “Great Day in the Mornin’.” So you end up in church.
Central Texas acoustic groups The Hudsons and the Sidehill Gougers BOTH lend unrecorded tunes — “Wrong Direction,” which features Phoebe Hunt’s fiddle and Hudson Mueller (or is it Brian Hudson) on vocals, and “Everybody Knows,” with the awesome Jamie Wilson taking the lead vocal. Then there’s the cowboy poet Donnie Blanz (who has written songs for Chris Ledoux and other country stars), with “Old Stuff”; jazz-influenced Woody Russell, with “We May Never Know” from his Indie Record of the Year nominated “Salt”; and world-class harmonica player (and guitarist and singer) Jimi Lee with the bluesy “Ease Your Mind.”
Traveling musicians performing here include Sloan Wainwright (Loudon’s sister) doing Jimmy Cliff’s “Sitting Here in Limbo,”; New York City’s Amy Speace with her “Just to Get By,”; fellow New Yorker Natalia Zukerman playing bottleneck slide on “Fool’s Gold” (she’s the daughter of two classical musicians); the amazing Erica Luckett (who was born in Mexico and raised in Venezuela and Brazil but began her musical career in France) with “Besame” from her 2001 release, My Little Crime,”; and California based Taiwanese-American pianist-songwriter Vienna Teng, with “Soon Love Soon.”
A special treat here is A. J. Croce’s “Hung Up on You,” which can also be found on his brand-new CD, “Adrian James Croce.” The son of the late Jim Croce, A. J. lost his eyesight and later regained partial vision, and then lost his voice and had to learn how to sing all over again. Finally, from Australia comes The Bluehouse — an (almost) all-female folk group who played the Bugle Boy back in June — with “Crying (like you are).”
Not only are there great songs from a very diverse group of acoustic artists from all over the place, the songs flow well as they are placed on the recording. Just do me a favor — if you go to the club to buy your copy, let Lane know you read about the music — and the Bugle Boy itself — right here. [And, yes, LaGrange does have some B&B's for those who want to sleep over.]
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