June 22, 2011 by Tommy Link
This edition of “Tip of the Hat” is made to honor the good company that has humbly outdone my current album release. Along with my own, 3 other locals artists have released new albums, and despite my immense jealously of these musicians (seriously, everything I’ve heard sounds so good. HOW DO THEY DO THAT!?), I am honored to have an album of my own along side of them. For this month and the next, I’ll be posting about these albums.
To start, the self titled Shotgun Jubilee album: Shotgun Jubilee.
I don’t even know where to begin with this disc. It’s such an adventure, experiencing it is worth so much more than words. Looking for something laid back to chill to? Put on “B”, “The Cigarette Song”, or “River Take a Mountain to Sea”, and tell me that wasn’t what you were looking for. Got some energy and feel like moving? “Good Girl”, “Chemical Reaction” and “Home” will have you up in no time. This is jam band/blue grass heaven.
Now, I’m not an instrumental expert, nor do I pretend to be, so I don’t know what it’s worth when I say the music sounds excellent. The guitar, the drums, bass, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, keyboard, ALL OF IT does such an incredible job of painting the setting of these songs.
I do pretend to be a songwriter, and thus, I’ve spent a great deal of time picking up what Dominick DeCeco, lead singer and writer of the band, has to say. I don’t know how he does it. You listen to songs like “Home” and “Close to You” and you’re there, at that time in your life when you said “Fare thee well, my own true lover”. It’s spectacular.
There’s not much else to be said, or even that could be said. It’s a great album, beginning to end. Keep an eye out and I’ll have a thing or two to say about some other great albums you can get your hands on.