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Roger Knott – Big News from a Small Town

August 1, 2010 by  

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Roger Knott – Big News from a Small Town

NAME: Roger Knott
ALBUM: Big News from a Small Town
DATE: 6September2010

LABEL: Leg Room Records

RATING: 3/5

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Londoner does Country and Western

LOCATION: London via Nashville

LINE UP: Roger Knott Lead Vocals, songwriting, and guitar, Micky Groome – Bass, Acoustic,and Electric Guitars, Mandolin, Backing Vocals, programming and arranging, Steve Honest, Pedal Steel Guitar, producer and arranger, Tim Lorsch, Nashville String arrangements.

WHAT’S THE STORY?: The Singer-songwriter Roger Knott returns to the studio to lay down 13 new songs. Unfortunately, the Country and Western music is not done that well, and the arrangements and ideas stick so closely to the Grand Ol’ Opry blue-print, that it many ways it appears like they are paint-by-numbers arrangements. A sinewy telecaster lick there, a flurry of banjo there, Floyd Cramer piano solo there, and all boxes ticked. The fact that in his publicity photos Roger Knott looks like an accountant in the pub on a Friday night does not help, but these are only surface complaints. There are some reasonable songs here, such as ‘Ghost from your Past’ with its stacked harmony vocals, could almost be the Eagles, while some touching ballads, such as ‘Frisbee Street’ with its light rhythm and story telling vocals. This album is a grower, and will probably reward further listening for the Country and Western Fan, once they can get past the anodyne arrangement ideas, and listen to the lyrics, which are helpfully printed in the album sleeve.

SOUNDS LIKE: A more earnest Jimmy Nail, a more urgent Thrils or any one of those stetson wearing bands you see playing at small town festivals during the summer, with an audience that thinks line dancing is an acceptable form of behaviour for fully grown adults.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: you like Dolly Parton, lap steel guitars in the background, and thoughtful lyrics.

LINK: http://www.rogerknott.com


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