Sunday, December 2, 2007

Review -- THE BREAKMEN -- Self Titled

THE BREAKMEN
Self-titled
Independent
8.5-out-of-10
Let's swing back out to Vancouver for a little more bluegrass/folk music with The Breakmen.
Wow!! here we go again, another great CD from the Indie scene, showing bluegrass is not only alive in this country, but is thriving thanks to a number of great bands, of which The Breakmen are clearly in the upper echelon.
The Breakmen are deep in the lush sounds of bluegrass, with wonderful work on mandolin by Lee Watson, and banjo by Archie Patemen, and bass from Matthew Lawson.
However, the strength here is again the harmonies the band manages, the three aforementioned Breakmen, along with Ben Rogalsky.
Lyrically, there are some fine songs here too, including Km 19, Gonna Buy Me A Ticket, and Becoming A Poet.
This is the band's debut effort, one that has gone through four pressings to meet demand – one listen and you'll understand why the CD has achieved such popularity.
This is another CD which truly begs for a broader audience. It so clearly shows how bluegrass is one aspect of country still true to its old roots, and it remains as relevant as ever thanks to the efforts of emerging bands suite as The Breakmen.
Grab this one and enjoy songs such as Mama Knows Best, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, and No More Cane, and you will quickly become a fan of bluegrass and of The Breakmen.
You can learn more about this band at www.thebreakmen.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov 28, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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