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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Dry River - Prayin' for the Rain - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Prayin' for the Rain, by Dry River and it's quiet and introspective. Opening with Lift This Stone, singer/guitarist Oliver Althoen performs a real nice contemporary Robert Johnson like track with the assistance of harmonica player, Dave Forrest. Very cool. Lost in the World is a solid blues rocker with tight drum work by Ruben Oridano, solid bass work by Joel Helin and firm vocals by Althoen. With an interesting guitar line and firm footing, the track sounds a bit in the vein of a stripped down early Led Zep. Hildegard is a really strong ballad with Althoen on guitar and vocal, joined by Forrest on harp and Jeremy Hatch on keys. One of my favorites on the release. Rocker, Lovesick Blues has real swagger and just a dash of country. With cool, low key electric guitar rhythm and harp lead, this is another of the standout tracks on the release. Lay Down and Die has super blues ballad bones giving Althoen the opportunity to show his pipes and soulful harp work by Forrest floats throughout the track. Shine Your Light On Me has a strong melody, vocal harmonies with Paula Gabriel. Wrapping the release is acoustic ballad, Who Am I, featuring Althoen and Gabriel on vocal harmonies, Althoen on guitar and Hatch on piano. A solid track to close a solid release.

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