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PETUNIA —INSIDE OF YOU (Self-Released)

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Canadian act, Petunia and his band, The Vipers after successful tours, the last was as a duo with fellow Canadian Nathan Godfrey of the UK and Ireland and 2012 self-titled debut record, Petunia & The Vipers now have a follow-up.

 

Inside Of You is quite different from their debut record, more diverse and experimental, as you have jazz and darker colourings replace the simplified efforts of before. I wish I could say it works, in reality it doesn’t. Due to his ramblings dropping over the edge as Petunia losing his distinctive styling. His western music complete with Jimmie Rodgers' style yodel as on his live shows is what he invariably does best. 

 

One rare delight is the superb, beautifully performed and tender as the petals of a flower “Inside of You”. From there he reverts to a most rock fuelled “The One Thing”, followed by an okay, darkly painted story-ballad as he speaks of how as a Sherriff he is “Gunned Down” on the main street of a western town. While with frenetic rhythm and steel guitar in the mix he gets back on track before it is too late with the superb “They Almost Had Me Believing” and the faster still paced, western rockabilly delight “Tear Drop Rolling”. Peppered with pedal steel it gives the song the feel he is really travelling, by train (trains are a recuring feature of the record) along those railroad tracks across the wide-open plains.

 

Shame he wasn’t quite as focussed, or should I say became side tracked for the majority of the album’s earlier tracks. This as his quivering tones performed “Forgotten Melody”, “Primitive Love” etc. But alongside The Vipers; Stephen Nikleva, Jimmy Roy, Patrick Metzger and Paul Townsend (and guests; old time musician Frank Fairfield among them) he does shine on “Bicycle Song”. Even on the jazz toned “Oh My Mother” he becomes lost as he tries to blend in other diverse musical interests. More Jimmie Rodgers and blue yodels would have been far more welcome.      

 

                                                                                               Maurice Hope   

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Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
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JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,PJ,DH
3
Steph Cameron
61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
Pheromona
ML
4
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
AR,RK,LK
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Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
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Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
7
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
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Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
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Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
JJ
12
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
 
11
Mark Martyre
35 pts.
Rivers
Independent
MF
13
Mavis Staples
32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Anti
HO
 
Peter Oren
32 pts.
Anthropocene
Western Vinyl
RB,HB
15
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
 
16
Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
HDB
17
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Lojinx
JDO
 
Jeff Crosby
25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
FCE,FC,JS
19
Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
 
 
Hardpan
24 pts.
Hardpan
Blue Rose Records
WR
21
The Deep Dark Woods
21 pts.
Yarrow
Six Shooter
JF
22
Lilly Hiatt
20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
TJ
 
Tom Russell
20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
JAB
24
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
MW
25
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
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