Ramsay Midwood

Undone: Bootleg Recordings

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On Undone, a mini-album of radio sessions and home recordings, singer/songwriter/guitarist Ramsay Midwood continues to develop his rough-and-tumble voice. Here, he sounds somewhere between the laconic irony of Warren Zevon and the impassioned blues yowling of the Grateful Dead's Ron McKernan (especially on the traditional "Rattlesnake" and Link Wray's "Hobo Man"). The latter influence is particularly striking, given Midwood's cover of the Dead's "He's Gone," which achieves a poignancy that most Dead covers fail to. The playing is sloppy, but never in a bad way. A rickety slide guitar and distant drum kit accompany "Hobo Man," and fill it out with the kind of effortless eloquence that most only dream of.

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