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CROSBY TYLER —LECTRIC PRAYER (Bohemia Music)

www.crosbytyler.com
Road musician, travel junkie Crosby Tyler over the years has absorbed music of everyone from Leadbelly and Big Bill Broonzy (among others) of the blues genre to the Beatles, Jim Morrison and the Doors to Johnny Cash by way of the folk singer-songwriters of the 1960s, Springsteen and as on the opening cut on his latest album ‘Lectric Prayer’ —is that a hint of Neil Young I hear?

The term Americana is Tyler-made for the likes of Crosby; sorry about the pun but I felt it was worth a try. Just like you should do with this album or better still go out and sample his music live —since he is currently in the middle of a tour of the UK and Ireland.

How would I define Tyler’s music? He reminds me of another guy who cares little for fame or dwelling on yesterday’s wine and that would be Grayson Capps — who is dynamite live and who, when it comes to stories about New Orleans and the like has more to tell than most anyone.

Tyler, who has links with among other places Los Angeles has in support of his own guitar those incredibly talented members of progressive bluegrass ensemble, Nickel Creek, Sara Watkins (violin, backing vocals) and her brother, Sean Watkins (tenor, guitar, mandolin and backing vocals), Sebastian Steinberg (stand-up bass, ‘busted’ banjo) and top session man Don Heffington (drums). As he spins such inviting tales as ‘Good ‘Ol Circus Days’, the feisty, slide-guitar aided blues fashioned ‘Pitchfork Brigade’ and with a pounding rhythm, fiddle and banjo support the ‘in the groove’ ‘Runaway Hellbound Train’ has him cut a swath rich in muscle plus, he is also given as strong harmony vocal assists as one could with for.

‘Back On The Cross’ featuring a bluesy harmonica intro is one of those deep and a little dark songs that have become the trademark of Ramsay Midwood and Ray Wylie Hubbard, and you won’t find me saying much wrong about either musician. On hearing Steinberg’s modal banjo styled work on ‘Train To Heaven’ —where there is a likeness to something Terry Allen once did his banjo really does sound busted! But it detracts none from the short, sharp vignette of old-time blues gospel fare.

With so much music having been absorbed by Tyler there are others acts who come to mind, too —like with ‘Bless This Day’ as folk singer-songwriters like Tim Hardin of the late 1960s cum early 1970s. As for his own life outside music he could just as easily be the man mentioned in his song ‘Fugitive In The Law’ and who if he was born in another age (and another race) worked on the infamous Mississippi Parchman Farm. So, if he is playing near you go along and see if he really is as good as he sounds (shame the musicians on the album aren’t going to be with him). Also Tyler has John Chelew (Blind Boys Of Alabama, John Hiatt and Richard Thompson) produce the album and boy, isn’t that some pedigree!
Maurice Hope


Crosby Tyler FSR Videoblog, inteview dates and feature here http://flyinshoes.ning.com/profiles/blogs/crosby-tyler-is-on-tour-i...

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Year 2016

1
Levi Parham
90 pts.
These American Blues
Music Road Records
GC,JBO,TK
2
Martha Fields
86 pts.
Southern White Lies
Independent
BP,BH,FB,JAB,RW,SP
3
Carter Sampson
75 pts.
Wilder Side
Independent/CRS
AN,CRS,JB
4
Anna Elizabeth Laube
65 pts.
Tree
Ahh...Pockets! Records
DH,NC
5
Michael McDermott
60 pts.
Willow Springs
Pauper Sky Records
BK,MM
6
Shovels & Rope
54 pts.
Little Seeds
New West
 
7
Robert Ellis
53 pts.
Robert Ellis
New West Records
DHO
8
Sturgill Simpson
52 pts.
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Atlantic Records
JJ,JF
9
Douglas Greer
50 pts.
Baja Louisiana
Zilker Park Records
HDB,ML
10
Lucinda Williams
46 pts.
The Ghosts Of Highway 20
Highway 20 Records
EM
11
Buddy Miller & Friends
44 pts.
Cayamo Sessions at Sea
New West Records
 
12
Wink Burcham
43 pts.
Cleveland Summer Nights
Continental Song City
 
13
Eric Brace & Peter Cooper
42 pts.
C&O Canal
Red Beet Records
BR
14
Brent Cobb
41 pts.
Shine On A Rainy Day
Elektra Records
HH
 
Daniel Romano
41 pts.
Mosey
New West
CVL
 
Leonard Cohen
41 pts.
You Want it Darker
Sony Music
HO
17
Christian Kjellvander
40 pts.
A Village: Natural Light
Tapete Records
BM
18
Drive-By Truckers
39 pts.
American Band
ATO Records
AR,EZ
19
Birds of Chicago
38 pts.
Real Midnight
Five Head Entertainment
LM,SZ
20
John Prine
37 pts.
For Better, or Worse
Oh Boy Records
FS,MB
21
The Cactus Blossoms
36 pts.
You’re Dreaming
Red House Records
GS,HD
22
Richmond Fontaine
35 pts.
You Can’t Go Back
Décor Records
FCE
23
Gillian Welch
34 pts.
Boots No.1: The Official Revival Bootleg
Acony Records
LK,PR,TJ
24
Sarah Jarosz
33 pts.
Undercurrent
Sugar Hill
RM
25
Joe Purdy
32 pts.
Who Will Be Next?
Mudtown Crier Records
AL
 
The Devil Makes Three
32 pts.
Redemption & Ruin
New West

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