CD REVIEW: Steve Warner - Train of life
By Ivan Nossa - 07/17/2011 - 02:25 PM EDT
Artist: Steve Warner & The rolling coyotes
Album: Train of life
Label: NTB records
Sounds Like: Willie Nelson
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Train of life, Brokenville, Gypsy love song, The two left feet waltz
The rolling coyotes is what you would call a true , honest, real band. They sound like that. The members are Steve Warner (vocals, guitar, ukulele, harmonica), Nancy Lynn (vocals), Andy Mosholder (fretless bass, cello), Elliot Simon ( vocals, piano, accordion). This album comes after nearly two years of work and there is so much material and music that you really feel satisfied after you listen to it.
The tracks touch different music stiles like country, folk, rock and blues. Even if I would define this as a country/folk cd, tracks like “The war has just begun” show the rock side of this American band. “Gipsy love song” show the folk side and is a really beautiful song, with its great arrangements and excellent fiddle and vocals. Other arrangements let us enjoy the magic sound of the cello, mandolin and percussions.
The vocals are excellent, many times it reminds me of Willie Nelson and the best in country vocal tradition. Some songs are recorded as duets and it is a nice melting of female and male voices.
At the end of the cd you feel like at the end of a journey through America where you have just tasted real emotions, colorful vibes, human relations and great American music. The seventeen songs never let you down, you fell moved, happy, sad but most of all you feel you want to sing with them and if possible join them for a night of music, drinks and a starry sky. A real nice surprise that I would like to recommend to all the lovers of this genre.
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