Kreg Viesselman

Kreg Viesselman

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The first release from Kreg Viesselman to get more than regional distribution is a promising one indeed. This self-titled album presents the artist as an heir of sorts to folksy singer/songwriters like Greg Brown and Richard Shindell, Viesselman possessing a voice deceptively old in its gruff flavor and tone. He doesn't have showy pipes, so he writes in such a way as to not test the bounds of his range -- an effective tactic. Producer Evan Reeves is very sympathetic to Viesselman's sound and style, marrying it to subtle and pristine arrangements heavy on mandolin, banjo, and acoustic guitar. Sometimes the results teeter on the quaint, but fans of the acoustic folk genre will be especially appreciative of "New Hampshire Snow" (a track utterly Dylanesque in structure) and the lyrically astute "Gone to Lewiston." Viesselman isn't much of a duet partner, as evidenced on the uneven track "The Return," but if he's as solitary as a Robert Frost character; he does play the part quite tastefully and quite well on Kreg Viesselman.

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