Herb Metoyer

Something New

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Herb Metoyer's only album is good folk music that straddles the tail end of the folk revival and the very beginning of the singer/songwriter era. In that respect it's rather like the first records of his friend Fred Neil or Richie Havens, though Metoyer has more of a traditional folk feel and far more of a gospel-blues air. Indeed, he sounds like a male Odetta at times, and while he doesn't have the power of Odetta, his singing is stirring. He wrote all of the material on Something New, with some bass and light percussive noises adding a great deal of beat and oomph. There's a bit of a downcast yet strident, up-against-wall feel to the songs, which often boast somber melodies and a subdued, ominous aura. While this isn't folk-rock, it's worth investigating by fans of the time when folk music was gradually growing into a more contemporary context than the more hidebound structures of the early-'60s folk revival would allow.