A man and a guitar, a lot of soul, and an understanding of the history of soulful men with guitars in American music can sometimes achieve this kind of timelessness in their work - if they have the chops. Cary Morin has the chops and is one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today. There are performances on “Streamline” that would stand out, variously, among the old-school delta blues pliers, the Greenwich Village folk crowd at the end of the 1950s, the back-to-nature bards of the late ’60s, or today’s thriving singer/songwriter scene. Morin references all these styles: they’re in his vocabulary, but he’s no dilettante. His engaging sound is his alone.
"Streamline" is just Morin - man and guitar. Most of the songs are his own compositions (he’s also a fine lyricist) but he re-imagines a couple of great oldies, including the Bee Gees’ early hit "To Love Somebody", and The Grateful Dead’s "Tennessee Jed". We may be prejudiced but we also like Morin’s own up-tempo blues "Tulsa".
He sings in his comfortably worn-in voice, “…think I’ll go back down to Tulsa: got some people down there: I’ll have a place to lay my head: live among some people who care.”
Classic. Order yours today at www.carymorin.com
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CURRENTLAND vol 10 - NO 8 August 2013 Tahlequah, OK Sound Advice http://www.currentland.com