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Dulcimer Rock

by Bing Futch

Mountain dulcimer like you've never heard it before. This is a collection of tunes ranging from Indian ragas, Native American rhythms and world-beat arrangements to catchy roots and pop-rock dance tracks filled with luscious melodies and stacked harmonies
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Raga 111806
5:58 $0.99
2. Seminole Solstice
3:22 $0.99
3. Run On
3:15 $0.99
4. Crazy Feels Like
4:00 $0.99
5. Monsters
3:35 $0.99
6. Big Alligator
3:04 $0.99
7. Casualties Of Faith
4:25 $0.99
8. Wellyn
2:44 $0.99
9. Neon Tiki
4:14 $0.99
10. The First Of April
4:16 $0.99
11. Unless You Fall
3:51 $0.99
12. Time Bomb
3:01 $0.99
13. Auld Lang Syne 2007
4:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
Bing Futch's latest release is a wild, primal recording that features a selection of tunes ranging from bare-bones mountain dulcimer to wide open hard-rock crunch. an Indian raga ("Raga 111806") opens up the album, followed closely by hypnotic drones and Native American drums swirled together with a lilting melody ("Seminole Solstice.")

Bing's expressive tenor is featured on nine songs, including a southern-fried slave-stomp version of "Run On", the groove-rock churn of "Casualties of Faith", the hippie-dippy bounce of "Neon Tiki", the Celtic flavors of "Unless You Fall", the Tom Petty-esque "Time Bomb" and his tour-de-force single "Crazy Feels Like", which was named "2007 Song of the Year" by the Songwriters Showcases of America.

The album is rounded out by a swamp country Seminole folk tune ("Big Alligator"), a tribal world music treatment of a traditional holiday favorite ("Auld Lang Syne 2007"), the album's most pumped up, pop-rock track ("Monsters"), a film-score action theme ("The First of April") feauturing e-Bowed dulcimer and a modern version of Robert Force's classic tune, "Wellyn."

No guitars were used in the recording of these thirteen tracks (except a bass guitar on one song), so all of the various stringed sounds you hear, obvious and otherwise, were created using the mountain dulcimer in various states of amplification. The backing tracks, from drums and handclaps to synth pads and bass were created by Bing with the aforementioned bass guitar contributed by I. Spike.

"Dulcimer Rock" is much more than that - it's a showcase for this wonderful American instrument and the singers/songwriter that favors it.



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Dulcimer Rock ROCKS!
Dulcimers connect us strongly to certain musical traditions, and at the same time, they can take us to places incredibly far beyond. Bing Futch's new "Dulcimer Rock" CD takes you on a journey through both his roots and some exciting, rarely explored territory.

In the first cut, the hypnotic opening notes and percussion draw you into a special musical place. As it emerges, the piece, titled "Raga 111806", develops into an impressive 3-string imitation of an Indian sitar raga.

In the next two cuts, Bing pays homage to his own roots. Cut #2 is a haunting, addictive and very learnable instrumental titled "Seminole Solstice", with an appropriate Native American feel. Next, Bing visits his African roots with a traditional slave stomp, "Run On", (more powerful than Johnny Cash's version). As the music grows in intensity, it transforms, and suddenly there's a distortion effect on both the slide dulcimer and the chords. You have reached "Dulcimer Rock." To the casual listener, most of the next several cuts will sound like a rock band with a drummer, bass, tight vocal harmonies, and electric guitars that do some screaming solos. But there are no guitars on this CD - Bing does it with solid-body electric and reprocessed acoustic mountain dulcimers. Original songs like "Crazy Feels Like", "Monsters", and "Time Bomb" would be very comfortable on any alternative rock radio station. This part of the CD also features a funky, electric version of Robert Force's "Wellyn."

Finally, the journey closes with a heartfelt arrangement of "Auld Lang Syne", which includes a special voice from Bing's own past at the tail end.

Except for a bass track on one song, Bing plays all the instruments on this album - sometimes overdubbing as many as four dulcimer parts or four vocals - yet his performance is so comfortable that it sounds like a real band playing together. Buy two copies of this CD. Keep one, and give the other to a friend who hasn't started playing dulcimer...yet. - Sam Edelston