Review by G. W. Hill
Folk music in America is a time honored tradition. Mike Potter carries on that tradition with style and charm. Lyrics are as big a part of folk music as the music itself, and Potter shows himself to be an expert at creating songs that possess a real universal appeal. He speaks for virtually everyone, calling up emotions and observations that ring true for most people. That’s a real art form.
Musically Potter’s style is probably closest to John Flynn, but the references don’t end there. Everyone from Jackson Browne to Willie Nelson, Gordon Lightfoot and even Arlo Guthrie can be valid comparisons at different places along this musical road. Yet, never does this feel anything but original.
In The Turning Potter has produced a nearly perfect album. Fans of folk music should love the disc, but it can appeal to a wider range of people, too. It calls up emotions and feelings that should prove universal.