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Before the Dawn

by Marty Muse

An eclectic mix of instrumental music performed on steel guitar accompanied by a bevy of musical heavyweights from Austin, TX.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Wine Bar/Jazz Club
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2. Before the Dawn
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3. Pinewood Derby
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4. If You Knew What I Was Thinking
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5. Hymn For Peace
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6. It's Bad To Be Forgotten
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7. Vidalia Waltz
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8. I'll Be Loving You
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9. Favela
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10. Umami!
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11. Not To Be
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12. Gin Soaked Dream
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
What do Robert Earl Keen, Dwight Yoakum, The Derailers, Bruce Robison, Doug Sahm, Alejandro Escovedo, Walter Cronkite and Jello Biafra have in common? All have shared the studio or stage with steel guitarist Marty Muse. Marty’s diverse musical taste and talent know no boundaries. This sideman steps out with his solo debut offering a unique listening experience; soothing, moody and soulful.

A fixture in the Austin music scene since 1985, Marty has been touring and recording with renowned singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen for past nine years.

Before The Dawn is a unique, stylistically diverse mix of instrumental music featuring members of Robert Earl Keen's band (including REK himself on mandolin) as well as many stalwarts of the Austin, TX music scene. Also included is the "smash hit" Wine Bar/Jazz Club featuring Marty on lead vocals and piano, with great contributions from Maryann Price and John Mills on sax. Other featured performers include Rich Brotherton on all kinds of guitars, Danny Barnes' killer banjo on Pinewood Derby, Dave Biller on the Duke Ellington song It's Bad To Be Forgotten, and some beautiful strings by Eamon McLaughlin.



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R. A. Bay

Ecelectic, Listenable, Masterful Musicianship
Austin pedal steel master Marty Muse’s Before the Dawn is beautifully recorded, covers a lot of musical ground and holds up quite well on multiple listenings. My favorite track on the CD has to be It's Bad to Be Forgotten, an obscure Duke Ellington song I had never heard before. It has a really great swing feel and the solos are exceptional. I also love the Marty Muse lyrical original, Vidalia Waltz -- it's probably my second favorite cut. It’s wonderfully melodic and, thanks in part to violinist Eamon McLaughlin, it sounds like it would be right at home on Jay Ungar's Lover's Waltz CD, which is one of my favorite albums. The opening track, Wine Bar Jazz Club, is unlike anything on the rest of the CD, a straight-ahead jazz tune featuring Muse’s piano, voice & sense of humor. Pinewood Derby features some mighty fine up-tempo dobro picking throughout. Hymn for Peace is a beautiful work, very nicely done with a tasteful string arrangement His original R&B tune, I’ll Be Loving You, has a great horn section behind his steel. Muse gets an exquisitely haunting tone on the pedal steel on Not To Be and even makes it talk on his great arrangement of the Brazliain classic, Favella. All in all Before the Dawn is a pure pleasure, an eclectic and listenable album with masterful musicianship throughout.
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