CD REVIEW: David Leinweber - Stories, Lies, and Legends
By Don Sechelski - 09/11/2012 - 08:31 PM EDT
Artist: David Leinweber
Album: Stories, Lies, and Legends
Genre: Americana, Folk, Acoustic
Technical Grade: 9
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10
Overall Talent Level: 10
Songwriting Skills: 10
Best Songs: Indian Summer, Truck Stop Blues, Woman of the Country
Stories, Legends, and Lies is the latest release from Covington, Georgia songwriter, David Leinweber, and showcases his considerable talents on guitar, banjo, and mandolin. These are story songs ranging from Freakout Tent, a remembrance of Woodstock , to Beowulf Suite, an 8 minute salute to the epic hero. He’s joined by Jean Moon on string bass but otherwise carries the load alone.
Leinweber’s ability to tell a story is shown over and over on this CD. Indian Summer tells the story of Native American’s last hurrah against oncoming domination. “That day seemed like a damn good day to die.” Leinweber’s meticulous guitar really shines. He shows off his slide guitar work on Truck Stop Blues, a melancholy tale of a young runaway with nowhere to go. For King of Spain, Leinweber brings out his mandolin. Woman of the Country is a favorite of mine. It’s a sweet love song that rides gently on Leinweber’s slide guitar and strong melody. Midnight Beauty is another favorite. Leinweber’s bluesy guitar run sets the tone for a tale of chance meeting.
Between Leinweber’s excellent guitar work and strong songwriting, Stories, Lies, and Legends is a wonderful listen. It’s meant to be heard on the a country porch with a ball jar of of whiskey in hand. Or on a late night by an open fire. Check out Stories, Lies, and Legends. It won’t disappoint.
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