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Showing posts with label Love Hope Trust. Show all posts
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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Roger Street Friedman - Love Hope Trust - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Love Hope Trust, from Roger Street Friedman, and it's a solid slice of Americana. Opening with the title track, Love Hope Trust, singer songwriter Roger Street Friedman has the joint rocking with nicely blended vocals behind his own lead, Jim Toscano on drums, Larry Campbell on guitars, Jason Crosby on piano, Matthew Schneider on bass and Teresa Williams and Lucy Kaplansky on backing vocals. Vapor In The Air has a real nice Tex-Mex feel with strong vocal melody by Friedman and really cool contributions by Gil Goldstein on accordion,  and Campbell on fiddle, mandolin and guitars. Excellent. One track that really stands out is The Ghosts Of Sugarland delivered in true folk style. A story delivered about civil war living with Campbell on acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle, I really like this track. A warm Jackson Browne/James Taylor like, Multiply By Two, is a pure radio track with strong melodic bones. With warm steel work by Campbell and Williams and Kaplansky on backing vocals, this track is radio gold. Wrapping the release is Cut Your Losses, a potent track with a really nice melody, patient melody and with steel and mandolin backing under the acoustic guitar and vocal of Friedman is a perfect summary track to a really nice release. 

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