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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Brother Dege - Farmer's Almanac - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Farmer's Almanac, from Brother Dege and it's a more refined progression on his earlier foundations. Opening with Partial To Bitters, a somber instrumental, Dege crafts a very interesting fabric of music on guitar and slide joined by Doug Belote on drums and Kent Beatty on bass. The Shakedown has a really strong feel with Greg Travasos on kick drum and Deje on vocal and resonator. The drumming by Travasos and the frenzied playing by Deje really gets this one cranked up. The Ballad of Ingo Swann is a solid rocker with powerful vocals and a jagged beat and almost UK euro rock feel making this a definite stand out track. Laredo is on of my favorites on the release with swampy rock roots and penetrating slide work. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Partial To Bitters Pt. II. As it begins ... so it ends with a haunting melody and well crafted scenes. Very cool. 

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