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The Romany Rye Biography
Chalk it up to the warm weather and cheap drugs or blame it on Buffalo
Springfield, but L.A. grinds out its share of guitar-toting folkies.
Recalling L.A.'s early folk days, former Colour guitarist and songwriter
Luke MacMaster's Romany Rye has picked up what his Laurel canyon
counterparts left behind and wandered down a dusty new path. This album
is an eight-chapter narrative of despair, love and everything in
between, and it's as compelling as old time religion. From the very
first track, "Brother",- a cautionary tale of deceit-I almost gaurantee
you'll find yourself humming along as an organ slowly bleeds into
MacMaster's vocals. "Dear Holly" effuses even more Southern charm,
treating us to country twang and perhaps even a washboard. MacMaster's
deep-hearted poetry can mesmerize you after a few lines, as with the
closing track, "Untitled (Love Song)," The song plays like a high-school
ballad, reminding everyone about that one (or in some cases, two) who
got away. I picture Highway 1, Looking Back Carefully rattling some
dilapidated juke box while some poor souls peer into their drinks and
ponder what their lives have become. Hell, I think I need a drink now.