Blake Thomas & The Downtown Brown

Blake Thomas & The Downtown Brown

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Total Song Plays: 176   
Member Since: 2006
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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CD Review

On first listen, Blake Thomas & The Downtown Brown's new Real Like Theater inspires visions of late-'70s Merle Haggard and David Allan Coe, with those legends' clear production and clever wordplay. Occasional harmonica, barroom piano, and Thomas' slight twang are straight out of honky-tonk heaven on road-house songs like "I Wanna Leave Again" and "Anyone Tonight." Further listens, however, reveal some modern folk-pop influences, too: Violinist Shauncey Ali establishes himself as more than a standard fiddle player, adding sophisticated frills and allowing Thomas to shine brighter on intricate gems like "On Grand Street" and "Again & Again."

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