Rob Lamothe

Steering With My Knee

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With a large portion of this live recording happening one evening in San Diego, Rob Lamothe demonstrates why he is one of the more underrated singer/songwriters around. Having just his voice, witty lyrics, and guitar strumming to hold the audience's attention, he accomplishes the aim from "Suddenly in Watertown" onward. Just as captivating is how each song seems to tell a brief autobiography about the musician. "I need this voodoo bullsh*t to get me out of here," he sings in "Mantra," the story of life on the road. Although there isn't one standout track, the overall sum is greater than the parts. As is the case with many acoustic-based singer/songwriters, Lamothe doesn't stray too far into quirkiness, except for "Long Way Home," where he talks about Amsterdam and waking up with a lesbian folksinger. The vignettes are crystal clear and often poignant. This album won't break the bank, but it should put a smile on any listener's face.

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