Gallivan Burwell


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Amurka was recorded in Van Nuys, CA (which is part of L.A.'s suburban San Fernando Valley) during the summer of 1998, but Gallivan Burwell's bluesy, rootsy pop/rock is so southern-sounding that you'd swear the album was recorded somewhere in Louisiana, Tennessee, or Mississippi. Whether the singer is actually mentioning parts of the Deep South by name on "The Devil's Partiality," "Gumbo for Jumbo," and the swampy "Cotton Was King" or simply favoring an extremely southern sound, everything on this CD screams "Dixie" in no uncertain terms. An earthy, unpretentious, and charismatic singer, Burwell never forgets the power of the blues. This isn't to say that Amurka is a blues album per se -- down-home tunes like "Time Steals Away," "Doctor in the House," and "Kids Ain't Kids" are essentially pop-rock, but pop/rock with a great deal of blues feeling. Unfortunately, Amurka is far from well known, but if you like your pop/rock with a strong Dixie flavor, it's worth searching for.