Brown Bread And Rice (Stoney Joe)
Brown Bread And Rice is a chilled out country style album from Stoney Joe.
Straight up fingerpickin’ guitar sounds alongside stompin’ slide guitar, ukulele, ocarina with deep sub-bass and electro beat sounds. Oh, and big hats.
Stoney Joe are inspired by the great expanses of Western Australia and bring their modern outlook to country music, all with a respectful nod to the past. Spanning great swathes of musical territory from the Morricone-esque opening ‘A Man’ to the dreamy, electronic-infused title track, the band delivers when it comes to good old fashioned hoedown as in ‘Goin down to Freo’ and ‘Land is Green’. While ‘Four Weeks On’ is a keenly crafted ode to the fly-in fly-out mining culture of the North West.
This is a most interesting and unique debut. Humorous in part but never cheesy. The album pulls on the heartstrings occasionally the way only a good country record can. All the while the subtle electronica inexplicably sits comfortably within the mix, almost by chance but perhaps testament to the production skills at hand. Being mastered in Nashville, Tennessee may have helped give this release its air of authenticity, but it’s hard to tell.
Brown Bread And Rice is an album where every listen rewards the listener more. So listen... and listen again.
Stoney Joe are:
Roly Skender - vocals, acoustic guitar, ocarina, harmonica, sequencing. Joe Scholz - slide guitar, sh101, ukelele, vocals, harmonica, percussion, ocarina.
Chris Horan - mandolin, percussion, vocals.
Rolf Liedel - bass.
Carl Jensen - train whistle, bass (tracks 6, 8, 12).
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