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Monday, July 28, 2014

Blue Moon Marquee - Lonesome Ghosts - New Release review

I just received the newest release, Lonesome Ghosts, from Blue Moon Marquee, and it has a certain sense of honesty and sincerity. Opening with What I Wouldn't Do, a simple rag style tune featuring A.W. Cardinal on vocal and guitar, Mal Temple on drums and featuring Jasmine Colette on bass and Simon Kendall on piano. Pipeliner Blues is a cool Hot Club style track featuring Cardinal on lead vocal and guitar and nice fiddle work from Cameron Wilson. On Trouble's Callin', Nathan Shubert on piano and Cardinal on vocal and guitar do a jazzy version of delta blues. Nice touch. Scotch Whiskey is another blues track with a light airy touch. Cardinal leading the way on voice breaks with a nice guitar solo on this track and Temple keeps the drums light with brushes. Kendell adds nice key work behind the track and Colette drives the train on bass. Bishop Street, possibly my favorite track on the release has a real simple ballad style and nice vocal duet between Cardinal and Colette. Gypsy's Life has a New Orleans blues feel but with simple accompaniment of guitar by Cardinal, bass and drums from Colette and Wilson on violin. In The Henhouse has a early city blues feel with rhythm guitar actually driving the track. With "Dylan like" vocals, Cardinal maintains control of this simple tune, joined by Colette on drums and bass and Kendall on keys. On Sugar Dime, Cardinal breaks on with a simple, articulate guitar solo but the track is mostly a simple bar bluesy track not unlike Tom Waits might deliver. Lonesome Ghosts has the finger picking associated with Rev Gardy Davis but blends in chords giving it a more musical feel. Stripped back to just Cardinal and Colette this has real pretty instrumentation accompanying Cardinal on vocal. Interesting take on the blues with a twist.

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  1. Looking forward to interviewing them on Friday in Toronto, thoroughly enjoying the CD

  2. Thank you so much!
    Great music