CD REVIEW: Jim Gallant - Old Hat with a New Coat By Cyrus Rhodes - Chief Music Critic at Muses Muse. www.indiemusicdigest.com &www.kataviarts.com
Artist: Jim Gallant Album: Old Hat with a New Coat Label: Independent Artist Website: http://www.jimgallant.com Genre: Americana, Folk, Acoustic The CD kicks things off with “Joshua” an upbeat intro piece that serves up classic Americana vibe that delivers slamming fiddle, driving rhythm, & rich harmonies & hooky melody from Gallant. Track 2 “Pilgrims Song” keeps things moving with its smooth flowing rhythm, impressive solo guitar accents, & classic Americana groove. Track 3 shifts gears up a notch with Blind Ted Darby classic “I Never Cried” a classic guitar driven melody with slamming Banjo, driving rhythm, & passionate vocals from Gallant that flows & ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition. This CD makes a solid first impression dishing out 3 solid tracks in arrow. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts like Kingston trio, Peter Paul & Mary, & Lyle Lovitt.The music itself is an amazing blend of modern acoustic folk, with Americana roots with an unmistakable country, bluegrass, & R&B vibe. The musicianship of all the players involved is equally as impressive. Gallant brings a slew of impressive session players to the table. You will notice lush layers of instrumentation layered everywhere, from impressive solo guitar licks, well placed harmonies, impressive banjo licks, fiddles & mandolin. But the most impressive thing about Old Hat with a New Coat is the impressive songwriting & vocal persona from Gallant. From upbeat “Whaleback Mountain Night” & Rings” to Celtic “Ballad of Billy D Byron” & Penny Candy Man” to grooving “Buffalo Bill” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Ain’t No Future In That” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber. From start to finish Old Hat with a New Coat by Jim Gallant is one impressive catalog of music. The music is consistent, uplifting, & extremely entertaining. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really a weak piece on this entire catalog. The writing & playing abilities of Gallant & company & his band is rock solid. The lyrics are catchy, & the melodies are well crafted & hooky. Last but not least the songwriting & vocal presence from front Jim Gallant is world-class. It’s no wonder Jim Gallant is as popular as he is out east.
Old Hat With A New Coat 11 tracks Down-home country goodness. Sounds like an ad for an old-fashioned country meal, but Jim Gallant’s music provides a warmth and comfort that just comes along with old-school country music —when it’s done right, as it is here. Eleven folksy tunes make up Old Hat With A New Coat (great title, by the way) and I can say that this Maine native and his talented band serve up the genre perfectly for those who love this style. From the disc opener, “Joshua,” a tune that conjures up images of good ol’ square dancin’ in a barn, to the traveling vibe of “I Never Cried,” to the wonderful instrumental “My Aunt Obie’s Reel,” Jim Gallant’s CD is a delightful mix of finger pickin’, toe-tappin’, great country music.
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