Dean DeWolf

Folkswinger

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As the title implies, there's more rhythm and swing to this than many an acoustic folk album had in 1963; there are even some light drums used. It's still an acoustic folk album, though, and fairly conventional and unthreatening in its approach, like a somewhat earthier Rooftop Singers in arrangement. However, DeWolf is an engaging performer, and when the material avoids corniness, it verges on being pretty enjoyable. That's especially true of the bluesiest, gutsiest numbers with the heaviest beats, such as "Looky, Looky Yonder" and "Red Apple Juice." In retrospect, the use of drums was pointing a possible direction that would be fully exploited in folk-rock a couple of years down the road, although actual rock and pop elements are virtually absent from this little-known LP.