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Review: David R. Elliott, Strawberry Grass

Home on the impressive range

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If a Jeff Tweedy-type fronted White Fence, you'd have a good opener for David R. Elliott. Controversial opinion: On Strawberry Grass, I also hear everything I like about Steve Miller Band. Fight me, I don't care.

The psych-rock Ty Segall-ish guitar on songs like "Due Time", "Letter To My Son" and "I'm Not Him" (note: I could use a whole big ol' bucket of this song) elevate this album from a great alt-country folk album to a truly unique collection of songs. Songs like "On Alright" and the homesick/lovesick "Back East" are pure country folk, allowing Elliott's clever lyrics to take a centring role. "Golden Ring" is classic country and shows the range of this album—both impressive and appreciated.

Released on Elliott's own label, Working Class Records, the album is a fully analog recording, produced by musician Mike Trask (who plays bass, drums and guitar on the pleasantly horny "Goin Steady") at his Memramcook studio. Like Al Tuck, Elliott's vocals and lyrics hold their own in his mixed bag of genres and levels of electricity.



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