Dean Thomas - Big Island


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Review Text The Story behind Big Island I had often wondered why no one had written songs about surfing in Australia in the same way that the Beach Boys wrote songs about surfing in America. That's why I wrote the song Up North. Then when it was time to make a new CD I reviewed my songs and realised that I had written a lot songs that were stories about Australian people and places, even some about my own personal journeys in Australia. That's when I knew I had the idea for this CD. Australia is often described as the world's biggest island. That's where the title comes from. The album was produced by Doug Weaver and features some great Australian musicians. Doug Weaver: electric guitar, various slide guitars and backing vocals. Mal Wakeford: drums. Paul Cartwright: bass guitar. Cleare O'Meara: accordion and fiddle. My thanks to them all. I sing the lead vocals and play acoustic guitar on most tracks and electric slide guitar on Hard Travelling. For more information, visit my website. Reviews: Not Really The Blues Review by Al Hensley, Rhythms Magazine?? As the album title suggests, this may not really be a blues music release. However, the Sydney-made CD's semi-acoustic content is individual and creative. A singer-songwriter with polished guitar picking skills, Thomas plays acoustic and National guitars and sings like Eric Clapton doing JJ Cale. Doug Weaver adds some spice to the 34 minute set on electric and acoustic guitars, Dobro and some vocals. Other instruments featured include bass guitar, drums, congas, tuba and didgeridoo. Although the eleven songs aren't crafted in a way that calls for inspired comping and soloing, the players are sensitive to the material and they all blend into a cool, laidback groove.?? Not Really the Blues...bringing it's own original, Aussie-flavored contribution to the local blues and roots scene. She's On The Other Side Review by Daniel Feiler?Host Two Steps from the Blues, Eastside Radio, Sydney?? She's On The Other Side finds Dean Thomas swapping his resonator acoustic guitar for an electric variety, all the while maintaining the warmth and good humor of his 2003 debut release Not Really the Blues.? Thomas explores a wide variety of blues styles throughout this well-crafted sophomore effort. ?And it's hardly surprising that Thomas has taken on such an ambitious project, reflecting so many different shades of blues. His acoustic live shows of two years ago were a tasteful blend of music and history as he recounted the stories and performed the music of many Country Blues greats. It'll be fascinating to see how Thomas packages up She's On The Other Side for the road this time around.?? Speaking of the road, this new CD is the perfect accompaniment when driving. The blues has always evoked travel and movement - this feeling is captured throughout She's On The Other Side. Thomas has done some traveling himself. In the great tradition of bluesmen who headed North across the Mason-Dixon line and substituted their acoustic guitars for electrics, Thomas has made a similar journey with enthusiasm, style and wit. Greyhound To Mecca Review from Paul Smith, Sydney Morning Herald?? Sydney based singer-songwriter Dean Thomas' third album is an unassuming gem, much like the man himself. ?From the humour of Lunchtime Lovers 'who always seem to have to eat and run' to the dark Nick Cave-like drawl of The Universal Tune, his story-based songs jump from Darlinghurst to Nashville - appropriately blending contemporary and country. ?? Big Island If you like Big Island, please write a review. Thanks, Dean.

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