CD REVIEW: Dave Downs - Wail, Winds, Wail
By Don Sechelski - 07/30/2009 - 11:33 AM EDT
Artist: Dave Downs Album: Wail, Wind, Wail Genre: Folk Best Songs: Nighttime Descending, Whistle Me This CD Review:
advent and explosive growth of home recording has made it possible for many
artists to reach the market that might never have been able to otherwise.
Digital recording and the introduction of DAW's, digital audio workstations,
have become a viable low-cost option for those interested in recording music.
Winds, Wail is a new release from Dave Downs, a Connecticut songwriter who
recorded his original folk tunes at home. With a hand lettered CD insert and
liner notes and hand lettering on the CD itself, this is truly a homemade work.
CD consists of eleven tunes; four instrumentals written by Downs and the rest
are traditional folk songs or public domain works. Downs plays guitar and
provides lead vocals as well as rich harmonies, harmonica, and some basic
percussion effects. His tenor vocal and smooth guitar work complement the songs
and provide a relaxed acoustic sound.
Downs manages to breathe new life into some
old chestnuts such as Colorado Trail and Red River Valley. His
original tunes are full-on productions with lush, rich harmonies and
interesting guitar work that provide the perfect backdrop for any activity. Nighttime
Descending, one of my favorites, is an evocative, layered tune that makes
good use of Downs' guitars and a variety of percussive effects from finger
snaps to hand claps to beating on the table.
is the kind of quiet little CD that might never have seen the light of day
without digital home recording. But thanks to home recording and the internet,
anyone around the world can buy a copy at CD Baby. If you a fan of folk music
and soft acoustic sounds, Wail, Winds, Wail might be what you're looking
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