Valerie and Walter Crockett
Moonbone is the latest from this duo of life and music, and the kitchen references are appropriate as this CD is hot.
The album represents a variety of acoustic music. Bluegrass, Folk, Country - pure Americana in a modern, clean and crisp sound.
Valerie's voice is soft and soothing, yet at the same time powerful and sure. From "One Way Ticket" to the grassy "But Still" to the upbeat blues of "Sugar Baby Now," Valerie demonstrates a marvelous talent in not only singing but in portrayal of meaning and emotion.
Let's not forget Walter Crockett. His style in "Lonely Town," a bluegrass/blues combo, makes one feel he has been there. And no one else could do "Down On The Farm" justice.
The instruments on this album are rather unique for the style of music. The guitar and bass are there as expected, mild percussion also. But dominant on this work is the resonator guitar. Roger Williams gets high scores for his masterful addition of slide music. You'll find banjo, mandolin, doghouse bass, Harmonica and piano as well. Listen to the mandolin on "This Ain't The 60's No More" - it sounds incredibly like steel drums in the background!
One of the most pleasant surprises on this CD though is the quality. The engineering on this recording is outstanding. Combine superior singing, highly talented musicians and fantastic studio work, and you have MoonBone.
Call it folk, call it Americana - this is something you want to call your own.
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