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RICK SHEA —SWEET BERNARDINE (Tres Pescadores Records)

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Best know to many for his part in Dave Alvin’s band, The Guilty Men alongside others he has played with, but aside from this Californian Rick Shea is a superb storyteller/recording artists in his own right and the voice to go with it.

 

Comparisons to Tom Russell come to mind on occasions. Such his astute and imagine evoking lyrics, coerced by measured playing of guitar, fiddle, mandolin  and percussion. Plus, there is the small matter of some beautiful accompanying female harmony vocals. All but two songs are his-own, work. The exceptions are well chosen.

First in line you have his workmanlike bluesy leaning version of Hank Williams’ “Honky Tonk Blues” followed by album closer, Roy Acuff’s “Streamline Cannonball”. On which he has a surprise guest, the amazing Mary McCaslin. Singer-songwriter McCaslin’s albums of the 1970s and 1980s made a huge impression on me. Her way with a western song better than most anyone who has ever lived! Plus there is the small matter of her innovative workings of music of Lennon and McCarney and The Who (be sure to check out her work on Rounder records). Back to “Streamline Cannonball”, it works perfectly, and McCaslin sounds exactly like she did then! Great. Apologies to Shea for my diversion as I praise Mary, her worth just needed recognising.

 

Shea’s relaxed vocal style coupled with strains of others works superbly. On “Gregory Ray DeFord” there can be heard traces of David Allan Coe as the wistful sound of Dobro, guitar and more female vocals ease through the proceedings. While the late John Stewart comes to mind on the stout, stately presented “Sweet Bernardine”. It is of no coincidence that all I compare and feel his music reminds me are stylists and strong individuals, musically and people who have made their mark.  

 

Equally impressive tales covering some Irish roots as he gives mention to Kerry, Ireland on “John Shea From Kenmare” and the two songs that set the record in motion “Mexicali Train” and “Mariachi Hotel” (a bright ‘n breezy piece which takes the listener on a trip along the Mexican border; as his journey takes him along streets decorated with vendors, sweet accordion and walking through streets where chickens, dogs and ghosts are welcomed on board amidst some tasty acoustic guitar (flat-picking?). If you are in need of a spiritual journey through America's west and beyond go check out Mr Shea's excellent work.  

                                                Maurice Hope

 

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1
Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
2
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
5
Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
6
Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
7
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
8
Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
10
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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