Ed Gray - The Late Gray Ed Great
Ed Gray is your new best friend. His lo-fi production, his sober but jaded vocals, and damn, that rough and ready electric guitar; Gray knows his heartache and his honk tonk. He also knows how to dig more whoop-ass out of a chord or two than anyone this side of Neil Young. Toss in The Band, Slobberbone. Long hot nights in Iowa musta done him wrong, and he’s here to tell about it.
Backed by a cast of notable Omaha sidemen Simon Joyner, Alex McManus and Chris Deden, Gray manages, like the groups named above, to sound ancient and modern at once. In other words, timeless. The growling menace of "Drink" is matched by the stunning "Rot Luck (Black Rat Snake)" which features a brilliant addition of banjo into a brooding swampy riff-fest. Feedback drives "The Brambling Broad Side"; betrayal and the Old Testament fuel the gathering violence of "You Have Me at a Disadvantage, Sir."
Salute to a great record and to a voice you can trust. Link Wray is spinning in his grave, but he is spinning on his hard-on.
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