Walter Strauss | Pulling Shadows

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Pulling Shadows

by Walter Strauss

The long-awaited solo debut from guitar wizard Walter Strauss hits with the instrumental precision of Michael Hedges and the worldly lyricism of Bruce Cockburn; existential tales of America against stylistically diverse musical canvasses.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In the Stone
5:23 $0.99
2. Spring Song
5:06 $0.99
3. Love Puddle
3:33 $0.99
4. The Buffalo Song
4:15 $0.99
5. Dustdevil
4:19 $0.99
6. The Beast
3:05 $0.99
7. Like Water
5:06 $0.99
8. Time Peace and Honey
3:09 $0.99
9. Spinner's Cascade
3:19 $0.99
10. Blue Horizon
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Album Notes
Blame it on Rawlins, Wyoming. Fingerstyle guitarist Walter Strauss was born out there in the big open, and was seduced to look to the vast spaces of the American West for his musical inspiration. But while rooted in American folk forms, Walter's music evokes far reaches of the globe as well. He's worked with musicians from West Africa to Australia and Finland, and successfully weaves world beat, Americana, and jazz into a brand uniquely his own.

Walter Strauss digs deep grooves for his audiences - he layers on highly articulated melodies and harmonies, rhythms and counter-rhythms in a way that gives the impression he is playing several instruments at once. His voice is smokey and intimate, and captivates the listener with a dastardly charm whether he's singing a lusty proposition or an existential lament.

Before embarking on his solo career, Walter performed for more than 15 years as an ensemble musician at concert venues, theaters and festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Ireland. He toured extensively with Rounder Records' eclectic folksters The Burns Sisters Band and performed alongside numerous first-rate musicians, such as fiddle legend Vassar Clements and Celtic guitar wizard Martin Simpson. Of late, Walter has been performing solo and with The Walter Strauss Trio – with bassist Sam Bevan (David Grisman, Joe Craven) and drummer/percussionist Kendrick Freeman (Alison Brown, Rob Ickes). For the last 3 years, Walter has also engaged in a unique transcultural collaboration, touring periodically in a duo with Malian kora virtuoso and 2005 Grammy nominee Mamadou Diabate.

In the words of reviewer Patti Witten (FAME), Walter's first solo CD "Pulling Shadows" is "a soulful journey of stellar guitar playing and songs suffused with tenderness and wit. Walter Strauss has the scope and musicianship to express himself in multiple genres... in a fresh way, without cliché or repetition." Legendary British broadcaster Bob Harris gives the CD a big thumbs up... "What a lovely album it is!" On the disc, as in live performance, he weaves together a cohesive quilt of musical styles and somehow renders each more 3-D, more psychedelic. Walter colors outside the lines.



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jana bennett

Walter Strauss's CD is "THE BOMB"
Love it...sharing the music with all my friends...they love it too. Looking forward to his 2nd CD.


Excellent !
Excellent album, très belle production.
Ambiances super sympas, jeu guitaristique impeccable.
Je recommande fortement cd CD !

Chris Yates

awesome, couple tracks are my favorite songs!
Spring Song is a massive hit waiting to be discovered.
My wife loves The Beast it speaks to her inner torment and suppressed aggression.
Love Puddle is a funky jazzy tune. All the tracks are excellent. Can be listened to straight through or intermixed in a playlist.
Walter's guitar work and vocals are amazing and supported by some fantastic artists, including Mamadou Diabate.

Marianne Tyrrell

Why isn't this guy all over the radio?!?!?!
Buy this CD!!!!
(He's cute too!!)