Lincoln Durham: The shovel vs The Howling bones – CD;00TSVSTHB0-12
Album Kindly Submitted by G-Promotions
Style : Blues
Rate (1-5) :
Everyone who ever went to the south of Texas, hag out in Luckenbach, witnessed some gigs at Gruenehall of just travelled the highways into hill country will understand the beauty of this album. The Longhorns might be long gone, windmills replace oil fields but the musical and cultural traditions still stand in Texas after all those years. If you haven’t travelled these roads I can only advise you to do this a soon as possible but in the meantime you can start with this album by Lincoln Durham: The shovel vs The Howling bones.
Produced by Ray Wylie Hubbard (a living legend in Southern Texas) and George Reiff and coming with some quotes of Lone Star Music (the leading Label in and around Gruene) on the pr-sheet, this must indeed be the real deal. An he certainly is …from the leading track on you can hear some old bluesman playing his songs, torturing his 1929 Gibson guitar, picking up wooden cone a resonator or Plays some fiddle (Licoln won a Texas Fiddle championship when he was 10 years old). But Licoln is not an old bluesman at all. And certainly not an old man. Licoln Durnham simply understands what the blues is all about and together with his band and some vintage gear he stomps and howl his way through his blues set or in this case these eleven tracks. Think Townes Van Zandt Tom Waits and Son House to put some names on his unique sound but even then you are not coming close to the final product. Highlights on this album are hard to name but since I must take a good listen to tunes like “Georgia Lee” and “Clementine”.
Although the artist is new, I’m quite familiar with the sound of Southern Texas Music and I can easily say that this album truly makes a difference! If the moniker “The South Will Rise Again” has any meaning left it will probably not the right one for this album but in all honestly the Lone Star State is high ob the sky again with this incredible strong and beautiful album. Heads up and be proud cause with some luck Licoln Durham and his band will tour Europe in 2012. And for those who want to hear more of this and Ray Wylie Hubbard, don’t forget to tune in into KNBT.fm internet radio!
Mr Blue Boogie