‘Another Time Around’ from Silver Shoes “… you’re right there with them”(November 22, 2015)
After listening to the liquid harmonies and intricate, yet highly accessible instrumentation, of ‘Another Time Around’ from Texas-based duo Silver Shoes, I find myself summing up the album by saying you would have to go some distance to find a more engaging blend of electro-acoustic, folk-rock and alt-country music.
Maureen Finlon and John Finnigan who are Silver Shoes have, along with fiddler Mead Turner and a few more talented friends, produced an album that fundamentally attracts and then delivers with each successive track – and what more could you ask? American roots has both interpreters and innovators, equally it has its own guardians of heritage. Silver Shoes clearly walk the line between both yet retain the ability and ‘touch’ to stray easily into each without a problem. From superb covers of Lennon and McCartney’s ‘Mother Nature’s Son’ and Townes Van Zandt’s ‘I’ll Be Here in the Morning’ through Turner’s ‘Prelude in A minor’ to the duo’s compositions ‘Easter’, ‘You’re The One I Need’ (complete with hound dog) and ‘Gibson Land’ you’re right there with them on every level.
Playing on ‘Another Time Around’ are Maureen Finlon (vocals, acoustic guitar) John Finnigan (vocals, accordion, acoustic guitar, harmonica) and Mead Turner (fiddle, harmony vocal) with Rick Richards (drums, percussion) Don Richmond (acoustic guitar, banjo/ guitar, mandolin, Weissenborn)and Jack Saunders (acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, Irish banjo, resonator guitar, upright bass, harmony vocals). Website: www.silvershoesmusic.com
Review: Tom Franks