The Cool Waters Band

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Founded by guitar-playing brothers Greg and Dan Waters, the Cool Waters Band are heavily influenced by the likes of the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band. There is a charming innocence to their sound, which doesn't entirely excuse the blandness of the content, but at least justifies it a little bit as a sociological document. The Waters' folksy guitars mix with Chris Szebeni's bright drumbeat and Danté Kester's ultra-melodic bass parts to create a somewhat predictable tapestry. The lyrics deal simply and casually with the usual modern hippie social concerns -- discrimination, industrialization, environmentalism, personal spirituality, and good times -- thinly veiled in a layer of early 20th century imagery. The music, such as the Duane Allman/Dickey Betts-like guitar breaks on the title track and Mike Willis' Bruce Hornsby-meets-Gregg Allman aggressive piano playing, is a remnant of a very specific culture, of which the Cool Waters Band are a well-preserved document.

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