Ashley Raines and the New West Revue ‘After The Bruising’

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Ashley Raines and the new west revue
After The Bruising
Idiom Records
4.5 out of 5 stars

The album is classified as Americana, and given that the instrumentation is Dobro, violin and a Weissenborn hollow neck lap slide guitar, it’s an understandable mistake. But this stop-you-in-your tracks album is one of the most authentic blues albums of the last many years. Every hallmark of a tremendous blues album is here; songs about the devil, tales of avengement sung in a mesmerizing raspy bass, and backed by a ghostly vibrato slide, all created by a virtual unknown. Raines has been a touring musician for two decades though, and it shows in the thoughtful, enthralling songwriting and composition. Dobro and violin accompaniment provided by Matt Bradford and Michael Turnbo respectively, not only works to bring out the sound of Raine’s Weissenborn, but is performed with amazingly deft precision that makes each instrument trade center stage throughout. Captured entirely live in the studio, Raines, who splits time between Denver and Alamosa, has put forth an unmistakable gem.

Ashley Raines and the New West Revue - After The Bruising

4.5/5
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Raines has been a touring musician for two decades though, and it shows in the thoughtful, enthralling songwriting and composition. Dobro and violin accompaniment provided by Matt Bradford and Michael Turnbo respectively, not only works to bring out the sound of Raine’s Weissenborn, but is performed with amazingly deft precision that makes each instrument trade center stage throughout. Captured entirely live in the studio, Raines, who splits time between Denver and Alamosa, has put forth an unmistakable gem.

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