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Cameron Mizell & Charlie Rauh

Local Folklore

Review by Gary Hill

I can definitely see people arguing with this landing under progressive rock. The thing is, prog is a rather expansive heading to me. This instrumental, acoustic guitar set, feels a lot like both some of Steve Howe's solo work and California Guitar Trio to me. For that reason, I think prog is the right place for it. You might disagree, but I don't think you'll disagree with this being a cool album of acoustic guitar duets.

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Track by Track Review
Local Folklore
There is a great movement and flow this. It's folk based, but also not far removed from a lot of Steve Howe's solo work.
Petey & Kyle
I like the flow and groove this number quite a bit. It has a cheery kind of feeling to it. It reminds me a lot of the kind of stuff California Guitar Trio does.
Old Sardis Road
I dig the folk kind of vibe on this tune. It's energetic and rather playful.
Jed's Theme
I really love the intricate interplay on this number. It's another that makes me think of CGT just a little.
A Forgiving Sort Of Place
This is a brief cut that has a real dreamy, slow texture to it. It's less organic and proggier in terms of general tone.
Rita's Theme
There is a lot of energy built into this piece of music. This has some decidedly proggy interplay. Again the CGT reference is valid.
Greenwood Waltz
Gentle folk-styled music is on the menu here. This is a particularly entertaining number.
Arolen
This song is gentle and very pretty. I like it a lot.
A Single Cloth
A slow moving, intricate and sedate piece, this is just plain beautiful.
On Sundays I Walk Alone
The prog elements seem firmly in place on this number. It's another that definitely feels related to the kind of music CGT does. It's a classy tune.
 
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