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The Bridge - Blind Man's Hill

Blind Man's Hill

The Bridge

Hyena Records - HYN 9372

Available from Amazon.com.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

This is an interesting mix of music; there is a an underlying foundation of Country, with layers that vary with the songs, a bit of blues, some Southern Rock and Soul, almost going to a Memphis sound, just a touch of funky New Orleans syncopation as seasoning. The Bridge is a six-piece band from Baltimore and maybe they got kind of turned around on their geography lessons, or maybe they all had different geography teachers who had different parts of a musical agenda to push; but somehow they make it work. The key to their flexibility might be the strong songwriting and the blending of styles of their chief songwriters, Cris Jacobs, who wrote six songs and Kenny Liner, who wrote 4 tunes.

Seemingly honed by their extensive time on the road, the band is tight and knows what to do with the music. In addition to Jacobs who handles the vocals, lap steel, dobro, electric and acoustic guitars; and Liner, vocals, and mandolin, you have Dave Markowitz on bass and vocals, Mark Brown on Hammond B-3, Fender Rhodes piano and piano, Mike Gambone on drums and percussion and Patrick Rainey on alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones. There is an assortment of guest musicians to help fill out the sound depending on the song and what is needed. It is a solid disc, there is nothing groundbreaking but songs that reflect a close to the bones sentiments.

Track List:

  • Honey Bee
  • Let Me Off This Train
  • Old White Lightning 95
  • Dirtball Blues
  • Devil On Me
  • Bury My Bones In Baltimore
  • Poison Wine
  • Born Ramblin
  • Diggin In The Cold Ground
  • In Dreams
  • Heavy Water
  • Lasting Hymn

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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