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  •  The Independent Musicians CD Reviews

    Welcome to the EvO:R Independent CD Reviews Section.
    I would like to take a few minutes to introduce ourselves to everyone. The EvO:R review section features reviews from various independent musicians that submit material for our consideration.

    I wanted to let you know a little about our review teams collective thoughts on music. It's important to let the people we review know what we think of their music and how we listened to their creations.

    We hold nothing back! The team has been instructed to be honest and respectful of all CD's reviewed.
    The EvO:R CD Review Team
  • Artist: Corey Lee McQuade
  • Album: Double Clutching
  • Genre: Blue Grass
  • Artist's Website: Official Website
  • Buy Music: CD Baby
  • Listen to Music: Reverb Nation
  • Video's: YouTube
  • Social Media: Facebook
  • Rating: 9 out of 10 stars
  • Review by: Charles Harrelson
  • Edited by: Charles Harrelson
  • Review Comments: bendem56@yahoo.com

    Corey Lee McQuade is a West Virginia native and has been a long time resident of Greenbrier County. I hate to admit this, but I am no expert on bluegrass (or other sub-genres of blue grass) so I have very little to compare Corey Lee McQuade to. Internet research compares Corey to the likes of Guy Clark, Towns van Zandt, Johm Prine and Tom Waits respectively. Corey Lee McQuade's solo performances are energetic and emotional, from foot stomping clawhammer banjo, bluegrass banjo, flat pickiní folk and country, finger pickiní folk and blues to alternative country. Corey Lee McQuade plays dobro and banjo with Johnsonís Crossroad and makes guest appearances with The Wild Rumpus and other friends. His original songs are inspired by old time traditional folk music and modern songwriters covering many genres of American music including country, folk, old time, bluegrass, country blues, and gospel.

    The CD cover is a great caricature of Corey playing the dobro. On the cover it says "Wanted Corey Lee "Lone-Wolf" McQuade" for playing the Dobro with a flat pick." I learned that using a flat pick while playing the Dobro was uncommon as most player use finger picks. The inside sleeve tells a short story of how Cory switched from finger picks to flat picks. He also includes a short story of how he met Tut Taylor at the Merlefest in 2010. This is important because eleven of the twelve songs on this CD were written by Tut Taylor.

    Want a good idea of what this music sounds like? Go to any southern county fair and listen to the many performances featured at the bandstand area. On stage you will be entertained by musicians from bluegrass, country and folk genres playing music from around the old south. Their shows are family friendly and the entertainment is typically top knotch. Many of the bands will have three generations of players on stage as traditional folk or blue grass music is passed down from one generation to the next.

    My first experience with someone playing a Dobro was in the middle 70's when I listened to Jimmy Page of Led Zepplin fame. At that time I had no idea what he was playing. I was amazed at the sounds he produced with the instrument. It was like nothing I had heard before. Today, you can go to youtube.com and search "how to play the Dobro" and find hundreds of great results. I even picked up a few pointers about setting up a dedicated slide guitar from one of the videos.

    After listening to a number of dobro players on YouTube I must admit Corey McQuade is as good or better then all of them. He can almost make that instrument speak to you.
    The Music:
      /   Oconee  /   Swampwater  /   Ghost Picker  /   Goodlettesville Express  /   Mist On the High Meadow  /   Oasis  /   Steven's Steel  /   Pickin' Flat  /   Cakewalk  /   Double Clutching  /   The Buffalo Left Yesterday  /   Vamp in the Middle  /  

    In the studio
    The recording was pristine, full of dynamics and good depth. Trying to effectively record guitar, banjo, dobro, fiddles, and a mandolin can be a bit tricky as all these instruments want to dominate similar frequencies. Proper microphone placement is critical or else every instrument becomes lost in the mix. Each instrument was well placed in the sound stage. The CD was engineered and mixed by Brad Kinder at Big River Records in Fayetteville, WV.
    Final Comments
    I loved this CD. I was introduced to a brand of music I had little experience with. As a result, I have a deeper understanding of this genre. Music which is respected by the audience and loved by generations of loyal fans. Corey Lee McQuade has put together an amazing group of musicians with everyone playing an integral part. This is a first class band and a first class album.

    9 out of 10 stars! Look for this CD to be included in the Best Indie CD's for 2014. This should be completed in early January.
    Review by: Charlie Harrelson
    Review Comments: bendem56@yahoo.com

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