Whisky Priests

Think Positive

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Unlike many bands with 14 years under their belts, the Whisky Priests just keep improving. While 1996's Life's Tapestry was their overall finest as of its release, Think Positive is every bit as impressive as its predecessor. Lead singer Gary Miller is one of the most literate and insightful songwriters in the world of folk-rock and, while his writing has always been exemplary, on this recording Miller's voice also appears stronger and more controlled than ever before. Without fail, Miller's melodies capture the implicit mood of each song. He touches on several levels of human emotion, like the importance of brotherly love even when facing inexplicable differences in "Side by Side." The sorrow of leaving family and loved ones in "My Ship" and the resignation of career coal miners in "Going to the Mine" are equally apparent, if not gut-wrenching. And who can't relate to the regrets and "what-ifs" expressed in "What I Could Have Been?" As always in Miller's ongoing quest for excellence and positive change, he has employed a new cast of supporting musicians (save for his Whisky Priests co-founder and accordion-playing twin brother Glenn Miller). Hugh Bradley plays mandolin and electric guitars; he is joined by the rhythm section of bassist Hugh Bradley and drummer Cozy Dixon. JSD Band member Chuck Fleming is dubbed "Part-Time Priest," as he contributes fiddle, piano, and mandolin.

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