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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Del Mundo Records artists: Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro - Static In The Wires - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Static In The Wires, from Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro and I really like it. Opening with One Horse Town, Martin Harley on vocal and guitars is joined by Daniel Kimbro on bass, vocal, guitar and piano and Derek Mixon on drums for a really nice opener. It's not often that something puts me in mind of early Leon Russell but Harley's vocal phrasing and feel does and it's terrific! Jerry Douglas is featured on dobro on Feet Don't Fail Me Now, an easy going country influenced acoustic blues track. Postcard From Hamburg is an exceptional acoustic ballad with lushly crafted vocal blending. Excellent! Sweet & Low shows exceptional craftsmanship in melody and execution. Harley and Kimbro fit together like a hand and glove. My Lover's Arms has a warm country feel with solid vocals and super sweet slide work by Harley. Dancing On The Rocks has a cool, western feel with spring and well blended vocals. With a cool, theatrical presentation, Trouble relies heavily on the lumbering bottom and super Weissenborn slide work. Harley has a great sense of timing and his vocal presentation works really nicely with the bass and piano of Kimbro. Bluesy, This Little Bird has the tension and sensitivity of St. James Infirmary. Harley's vocals and slide guitar work in the spotlight and nicely showcased by warm dark backing vocals, piano, bass and drums. Really nice. Another track with a light footed western feel is I Need A Friend. With fleet acoustic picking and clean vocal blending, this release just keeps getting deeper. Wrapping the release is Mean Old City - Part 2, a solid blues number with a great dancing bass line. Soulful vocal delivery and quiet tension on slide guitar. This is a really cool closer for a particularly cool release.

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