Eliza Gilkyson

Legends of Rainmaker

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Eliza Gilkyson is the sister of guitarist Tony Gilkyson, known for his work with country-rockers Lone Justice and punk/alternative rockers X. But Legends of Rainmaker, which employs Tony on acoustic guitar, generally sounds nothing like his work with those bands. An introspective, often pastoral folk-pop/rock gem, the acoustic-oriented album is essential listening for fans of singer/songwriters. Eliza Gilkyson is blessed with an impressive range and a penchant for very poetic, yet lucid and accessible, lyrics -- things that serve her quite well on this thoughtful material, some of it inspired by Native American culture. She increases the tempo and rocks out a bit on the Mary-Chapin Carpenter-ish "Rosie Strikes Back" (a country-rock number urging a battered wife to leave her tormenter), but on the whole, Gilkyson thrives on slow tempos, restraint and quiet reflection.

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