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Doc Straw & the Scarecrows

Get on By (digital single)

Review by Gary Hill

Let me just begin this by saying that, yes, there is a Doc Straw. His name is Mike Straw, and not only is he the main man behind this act, but he's a combat vet and a doctor of physical therapy. The music here is very much roots based, and it's also quite compelling.

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Track by Track Review
Get on By
There are some real country and folk musical elements at the heart of this song. It has some cool hooks. I really love some of the instrumental fills. This is a rather subdued tune, but it still has a decent energy and drive to it. The multi-layered vocal arrangement is cool, too. When this powers up later with a bit of an electric blues vibe, the cut really soars. The harmonica is a nice touch, and the whole thing gets intensified in that movement.
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