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The Mercy Brothers
STRANGE ADVENTUR
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This is the sound of esteemed R&B howler Barrence Whitfield, of Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, and blues guitarist/songwriter Michael Dinallo, formerly of the Radio Kings, catching their breath. Both still breathe fire: Whitfield in the epic leaps and graceful contours of his rich voice, Dinallo flying over the fingerboard of his acoustic guitar on "Misery Train." But the largely acoustic Mercy Brothers give both a chance to relax and explore the deeper, more soulful side of the blues and country music they love, whether in classic tunes like "Another Man Done Gone" and Blind Willie McTellís "Broke Down Engine" or original gems like Dinalloís blue-collar story "Working on the Line" and "Mr. Johnson," an old-fashioned tale of romance and murder that will resonate with fans of dire Appalachian balladists like Dock Boggs even as it features Dinalloís electric guitar in full wail. The duo are abetted by Tim Taylorís harmonica, Paul Kochanskiís acoustic bass, guest Vidar Buskís six-string, the sharp slide playing of Tim Kelly, and Andy Plaistedís drums, but the best moments put Dinallo and Whitfield side by side, locked in a dialogue of guitar and voice that gets at the warm heart of these songs.

BY TED DROZDOWSKI


Issue Date: September 5 - September 11, 2003
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