Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bill Cutler - crossing the line

It took 30 years apparently to make this solo album by songwriter/producer and member of the Grateful Dead extended family Bill Cutler, with the first tracks laid down in the 1970s (though most of the time the tracks have lain dormant). Once the album was finally finished in 2008 the results were very very fine indeed. An excellent album drawing on a rich heritage of American rock and roots and backed by musicians from the likes of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and beyond.

Highlight is the Jerry Garcia tribute "Starlight jamboree" which uses some guitar work by Garcia wrapped up in a beautiful reflective but also joyous rock track. No tracks are fillers though, the album is a distillation of the joy of Californian rock.

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