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CD REVIEW: Greg Tannen – Coney Island
By Ben Ohmart - 08/21/2002 - 05:02 PM EDT

Artist: Greg Tannen
Album: Coney Island
CD Review: There’s something distinctly Paul Simon about this indie rock, folk rock, acoustic rock Greg Tannen. Maybe even a bit of Lou Rawls in the voice and attitude – a little bit, okay? He withdraws some spunk from the 50s, some instrumentation outa the smoothness of the 70s and some solid songwriting from himself.

Then there’s the Don McLean side of him when the slightly rough, kinda fast acoustic ‘Concrete & Steel’ comes on like honky tonk cab fare. ‘Moon on the rise / concrete and steel / eyes on the sky / hands on the wheel / moon on the rise / shine on my face / I ain’t sticking around this place anymore.’

Greg is in this music biz for the long haul. His previous/debut album Roam was in the Top 12 albums of 2001 via Performing Songwriter mag, and he’s had some stuff featured on the Dawson’s Creek tv series. I’ve got a list of winning contests here where he walked away with prizes for songwriting and performing. But I’m not going to quote them. Instead, I’m sending you to the link below so you can hear and feel the folk rock for yourself. Or better still, go to the Bitter End in NYC and you might catch him live.

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