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11.16.10 | CD Review: Beat-Surrender.com | Pat Anderson “Magnolia Road”

Like to introduce you to a great début album of roots tinged rock and balladry from Nashville based singer-songwriter Pat Anderson – this eleven track album features nine Anderson original compositions, a track by the prolific “trad,” and an excellent reworking of Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark.

Anderson often performs solo with his trusty acoustic guitar and harmonica for company but on the album he’s got some Grade A support from Nick Buda (drums, percussion), ex-Jayhawk Jen Gunderman (piano, organ, accordion, harmonium) Tim Marks (bass), Rob McNelley (electric guitar) and multi-instrumentalist and Americana gun for hire Will Kimbrough (electric guitar, mandolin, banjo).

The album’s quality shines from beginning to end, kicking things off with a guitar drenched rocker Follow Me Down and ending with the title track Magnolia Road where a more economic sound wraps itself loosely around the words, in the age of downloads the art of track sequencing sometimes gets overlooked to the detriment of a body of songs, this album manages to shift up and down the gears with ease bringing the best out of the collection on show.

By Simon: Beat-Surrender.com

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