SHAKIN’ STEVENS

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ECHOES OF OUR TIMES HEC ✪✪✪✪ ✪

Many will re­mem­ber ‘Shaky’ from the early 80s with rock and roll hits such as Green Door, This Ole House and Oh Julie. With Echoes Of Our Times, Shaky plies us with an ap­peal­ing blend of Amer­i­cana, folk and bluesy rock songs that are largely in­spired by his fam­ily’s his­tory. He draws on a broad va­ri­ety of mu­si­cians, cen­tral to which is GT’s own Jon Bishop who plays man­dolin, banjo, slide, acous­tic and elec­tric gui­tars. Opener, Down In The Hole is a great mid-tempo strum­mer while the ti­tle track has ex­quis­ite banjo and acous­tic work through­out. Suf­fer Lit­tle Chil­dren is a soft blues with great licks (no solo sadly though!) while the up­tempo Train Of Time is loaded with gui­tars and har­mon­ica. Sin­gle and clos­ing track, Last Man Alive fin­ishes the al­bum off a treat. Check him out on tour next year, and say hi to Jon!

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