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Motorcycle for Hire

by Richard Allen

Intervallic guitar tunings on twelve-string acoustic guitar and original compositions with lyrics drawn from travel experiences around the world. This EP introduces the lead-oriented "Sawmill Bay" tuning on the song "Claim at Gate."
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Claim At Gate
3:18 album only
2. Those Days Are Gone
2:22 album only
3. The Long Return
3:06 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
'Motorcycle for Hire' is the third album release by Richard Allen. Like the 'Nevada' (2011) album before it, this is an EP-length effort and builds on the use of unusual intervallic tunings for the string courses of the twelve-string acoustic guitar. For example, the "Sawmill Bay" tuning provides a more lead-oriented sound for the song, "Claim at Gate."

Whereas previous releases, 'Dark Mountain' (2008) and 'Nevada' (2011) featured song arrangements for solo twelve-string guitar and vocal, 'Motorcycle for Hire' adds acoustic bass and hand percussion for a small acoustic combo arrangement. Future releases will likely see further development of intervallic tunings, which are the keystone of my approach to the twelve-string acoustic guitar.

Lyrically, 'Motorcycle for Hire' draws from travel experiences. The lyrics of the opening track, "Claim at Gate," reference Thailand, but the song was actually composed in Alaska. "Those Days Are Gone" was composed in California and "The Long Return" was composed in India.

CD booklet includes full lyrics.



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