Friday, July 6, 2012

CD Review: Harris Face And Tumbling Bones Tell Some Stories

Folk Music comes alive with a couple of new releases by some east coast artists. First up is singer/songwriter Harris Face from Washington, DC. His eight-song EP entitled "How The Story Goes" was released on June 7 and features the classic musical folk-style of storytelling.

The album begins with the acoustic strumming, quick-pace of "Role Model." He adds a bit of swing to "Texas Prime," while his voice sounds traveled as in "Sugarplum." The finger-picking of "I Could Have Told You" demands your attention as Harris Face gives us his love song. The country/campfire sound of "Dust and Smoke" allows you to focus on Harris' lyrics as he delivers them as a cowboy traveling across the country. The album ends with the rebellious "Up Goes The Ending" as the quick pace adds some fun to song.

Harris Face has a few live dates scheduled. Please visit his website (harrisfacemusic.com) for more information from this rising folk artist.

The folk band Tumbling Bones released their "back to basics" album "Schemes" back in May. The album features seven songs from the 1920's, 30's & 40's in which the Tumbling Bones add their harmonies and make the songs their own.

Beginning with "Prison War Blues," you instantly notice that this band uses minimal instrumentation in order to focus on the vocals and lyrics to many of old-fashion classics. The Tumbling Bones make Peter Winne's "Where The Palm Trees Grow" sound like a campfire sing-along, while the a cappella "Trouble Around My Soul" sounds like a small male gospel choir as their voice mesh so well together. The band adds their Dylanesque touch to the traditional ballad "Moonshiner" before finishing with the acoustic blues of "Viola Lee Blues" which was made famous by the Grateful Dead.

The Tumbling Bones are currently on an extensive tour which brings them from the east coast of the U.S. over to Ireland and back again. Please visit tumblingbones.com for a complete list of dates and for more information on the new album.

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