Crosby Tyler

Black Canary

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Singer/guitarist Crosby Tyler self-released Black Canary -- his one and only full-length offering -- on his own Bohemia record label in 1996. Tyler displays a full complement of rock-inflected blues, folk, funk, and jazz on this impressive recording, not so gently reminding listeners how powerful and fun the blues can be. The material is both diverse and grounded, as Tyler works his way through traditional-sounding but personally identifiable numbers like "Love Is a Lonely Game," "Beef Bones in My Wagon," and the disc's best track, "Rooster Dance," a just-coherent blues romp that is easily worth the price of purchasing Black Canary. Tyler's incredible voice powers "Rooster Dance," and indeed his vocal abilities drive the entire nine-song collection, as sparse combo arrangements generally stay out of his way. Fans of pop-influenced musical Americana in its many forms will do well to search out this very obscure title from the little-known but talented Crosby Tyler, a writer/performer as soulful as he is obscure.

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