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Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul Nelson, from New Hampshire, has an eclectic approach on this often moody sounding CD, drawing in country, blues, Americana and roots-rock, as much JJ Cale as it is Tom Waits, and he even throws in a slow-tempo'ed cover of Johnny Cash’s ‘I Walk The Line’ for (very) good measure. He names Lyle Lovett, Ray Lamontagne, and Amos Lee among his inspirations (all of whom have left their audible traces here), and he is backed in some excellent arrangements by some of the East Coast’s top musicians – Kevin Barry supplies some fine pedal steel playing; try ‘Secret’ for perhaps the best example here. The opener, ‘Go Down Ezekiel’ is not the traditional gospel one might expect, though it is undeniably influenced by it, and so too is the closing ‘There Is Weeping’. Try ‘Silent Majority’ for a lovely, strutting piece of rock, and there is an occasional hint of jazz in places, but overall, this is a fine, generally relaxed CD and if what you have read piques your interest, do check it out.
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