ROBERT BOWLIN 'Six String Soliloquy'

ROBERT BOWLIN 'Six String Soliloquy'

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Bowlin, one of the last musicians to play in Bill Monroe’s band, is known to those close to the Bluegrass scene as both a great fiddler and a great guitarist. Here he certainly proves the latter, with a marvelous 16 tune collection that is one of the best projects yet from the Flatpicking Guitar label. Surprisingly, there is almost nothing in the way of notes about Bowlin here, but that is a minor complaint. The first thing that strikes one about this CD is the absolutely wonderful tone that Bowlin achieves from his guitar (a 1976 Thomas Anton Bednark). The tunes are drawn from a variety of genres including old-time (WHISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST, EAST TENNESSEE BLUES), Jazz, and even one classical piece, as well as 10 of Bowlin’s own original compositions: the overall effect is a remarkably consistent and tasteful record that any guitarist or fan of guitar should love. There is some seriously sophisticated playing here, but it does not come off as flashy or pretentious at any time. It’s a superb album that we can recommend highly.

Track Listing:

  • MAYBELLE
  • THE RAIN IN SPAIN
  • EAST TENNESSEE BLUES
  • I DREAM OF JEANNIE/OLD KENTUCKY HOME
  • POKEBERRY JAM
  • ON THE BORDER
  • EASTLAND DREAM
  • NEW FREEDOM
  • THEME AND IMPROVISATION
  • HE LEADETH ME
  • ELEVEN PONT SUNRISE
  • ROSE ROOM
  • DURANGO TANGO
  • WHISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST
  • BUTTERFLIES
  • MARITA DEL REY