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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cameron Austin - Charging Toward The Sun - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Charging Toward The Sun, by Cameron Austin. Opening with Empress, an easy going acoustic pop tune, Cameron Austin on guitar and vocal, joined by Paul Brennan on drums and Kene Wyatt on bass pave the way of a sure radio release. With a faster tempo and nicely blended vocals, Here, is a real nice track with melodic slide compliments. Lightly funky rocker, Prairie Girl, has a snappier beat and showing again that Austin is a clever pop writer. Bobby Whitlock's Thorn Tree In The Garden has always been one of my favorite ballads. No, Duane Allman isn't here to add his beautiful slide riffs, but this is still a super track. Raise Hell Boogie is a knee slapping country tune with a happy edge. With steel guitar twists and tight drumming, this is my favorite track on the release.  Sweet Corn is a real cool acoustic guitar round that is particularly nice. Jackson Browne's These Days, is up next and Austin's vocals work nicely with this track with slightly different instrumentation including mandolin. Very nice. Country reel, I Know A Guy, features Anne Myers on lead vocal with Austin. Acoustic instrumental, After A Time, reminds me quite a bit of a Jorma track with a special iridescence and warm slide. Very nice.  Wrapping the release is Drought, a very cool resonator slide piece. Cleanly executed and skillfully crafted, it's an excellent track to close a real nice release.

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