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Perfect Storm

by Dan Crary & Thunderation

Genre: Folk: Urban Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sail Away Ladies/Sally Ann
3:33 $0.99
2. Thunderation
4:02 $0.99
3. One More Dollar
3:21 $0.99
4. I'd Do It Again
3:28 $0.99
5. Muley Was a Railroad Man
3:23 $0.99
6. Deep River Blues
3:27 $0.99
7. Girl From the North Country
5:06 $0.99
8. Highway 17
3:50 $0.99
9. Tumbleweed Town
3:09 $0.99
10. Suite 222 - Shenandoah/Gold Rush/Soldier's Joy
6:00 $0.99
11. Long Journey Home/Reuben's Train
3:20 $0.99
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Joe Ross

Powerful convergence of traditional, folk and bluegrass music
Dan Crary is a highly-acclaimed flatpick guitarist who lives in Placerville, Ca. Few know that he also holds two doctorate degrees (theology, speech communications) and taught for three decades (1974-2004) at Cal State University in Fullerton. Crary’s had eclectic tastes and influences ever since he helped form the contemporary sounding Bluegrass Alliance in 1970. He’s been associated with many fine musicians over the years, and his 1992 “Thunderation” album won the NAIRD Indie Award for Best String Music Recording. Now simply calling his band “Thunderation,” Crary still hangs with plenty of good players and singers including Steve Spurgin (bass), Don Stiernberg (mandolin), John Reischman (mandolin), Keith Little (mandolin, banjo), Luke Dewhirst (banjo) and Martin Stevens (fiddle). The last two are a couple impressive young Northwest musicians who are making a name for themselves as members of The Bluegrass Regulators. They may have connected with Crary through the album’s creative co-producer and recording engineer, Billy Oskay from Oregon. I was somewhat surprised that Stevens’ fiddle only appears on two vocal tracks, and I did sense that the album could have benefited from a little more of that instrument.

Eight of the 11 tracks feature vocals, with Crary and Spurgin alternating the songs with their own respective and stylistic lead vocals. Crary’s supple baritone delivery is heard on Sail Away Ladies, I’d Do It Again, Highway 17, and Long Journey Home. “I’d Do It Again” is from the pen of Gordon Lightfoot. Spurgin’s warm, conversational vocalizing is heard on two of his own originals (Muley was a Railroad Man, Tumbleweed Town), as well as covers from Gillian Welch & David Rawlings (One More Dollar) and Bob Dylan (Girl from the North Country). While not high lonesome, Dan and Steve’s vocals are affable and sensitive.

Of course, “Perfect Storm” wouldn’t be complete without some inspiring instrumentals such as Crary’s own “Thunderation,” the traditional “Deep River Blues,” and the thoughtfully expressive “Suite 222” medley of Shenandoah, Gold Rush, and Soldier’s Joy. Released on the fairly new (since 1999) Blue Night Records label, Dan Crary’s “Perfect Storm” is a powerful release that shows how the convergence of traditional, folk and bluegrass music can result in a potent and formidable musical experience. “Perfect Storm” is bound to resonate well with the fans of Crary, Spurgin, and this west coast approach to acoustic Americana music. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, Or.)

Bob Hall

Crary's Thunderation Rocks!
On Perfect Storm, Dan Crary has teamed up with his long-time friend and compadre Steve Spurgin, as well as several top veteran pickers like Keith Little, John Reischman and Don Stiernberg. Added to the mix are up-and-comers Martin Stevens on fiddle and Luke Dewhirst on banjo.

This CD serves up tunes like only Crary and Thunderation can deliver them; lots of clean solid instrumental work, solid harmonies, and a heavy dose of funk to spice things up. Traditional tunes on this recording include Sail Away Ladies and Deep River Blues, but the style in which these songs and others are delivered on this CD is anything but traditional. Bordering on “newgrass”, this compilation of tunes brings some fresh twists and unexpected turns along the way.

Guitar flat-picker extraordinaire Dan Crary continues to rock on with his new release on Blue Night Records entitled Perfect Storm. This is another great recording that will further endear Mr. Crary to his many fans around the world.