Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Southpaw Steel 'n' Twang, Hale's Pleasure Railway

There are albums that aim to give you a particular bead on guitar playing from an artist who well deserves showcasing. That is the case with Southpaw Steel 'n' Twang and their Hale's Pleasure Railway (MBA007).

The group is a country rock power trio from Finland. Ville Leppanen plays lap and pedal steel guitar, electric guitar and a little acoustic; Tero Mikkonen is the drummer, JP Monkkonen plays electric and upright bass.

It is Ville and his skillful plying of the various guitars who stands out. His steel guitar playing is pretty exceptional and a joy to hear. His electric guitar approach has something, too.

The album is good fun to hear in a rock instrumental zone and Ville makes magic on the guitars.

He has something special and his band is right there, too.

There is a sort of retro quality that makes you feel like, yes, this could have been a Chet Atkins album or somebody else luminous back in the day, only it isn't and there is enough of a difference that you are getting old anew, not just old!

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