G.E. Smith

Incense, Herbs & Oils

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Smith is at his usual high standard on guitar as well as dabbling in lap steel, mandolin and keyboards. There's a good mix of bluesy roots rockers and slower numbers that touch at times on country blues, at others on traditional folk songs. In the former category is an instrumental called "The Chopper" with a Bo Diddley-like riff. It's good to hear Jerry Reed's swamp mythology "Amos Moses" again. "Sunday" closes the Smith-produced album with G.E.'s wife Taylor Barton wrapping her beguiling voice around a lazy melody as Smith shares pithy observations about life. Pianist Cheryl Hardwick and bassist Paul Ossola join their former "Saturday Night Live" bandmate and music director on his album. It deserves the widespread distribution it will hopefully get on the "Green Mirror" label that Smith and Barton run.

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