D.B. Rielly's debut CD, 'Love Potions And Snake Oil' came in a tin medicine box that promised healing. His next CD is also seductively and originally packaged. It comes in a square wooden box in which you might expect fragrant and expensive cigarillos. Instead, you find a wonderfully rootsy CD containing the cream of Americana music - spanning the entire range of country, roots, zydeco, and blues. Singer-songwriter DB Rielly is neither a medicine man nor a preacher, but a truly inspired musician who has a pocketful of awards. The sound of Rielly's music conjures images of a shabby and adventurous western hero singing in dusty saloons or around a campfire. His biography evokes the image of a freeloader who refuses to toe the line.
In reality, D.B. Rielly is a multi-instrumentalist from New York, who has performed in renowned venues like the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Apollo Theater. His music is spiced with humor, melancholy and wisdom. He plays guitar, banjo, accordion, organ, drums, washboard, and an Irish whistle which brings a Celtic influence. The gritty electric guitar of Hiromasa Suzuki, Bruce Gordon's bass, and Rohin Khemani's drums broaden the palette of sounds, but on the melancholy and bluesy "Your Doggin 'Fool", he remians as a one-man band. And again on "Come Hell Or High Water" he is like a lonely soul resting in what fate allots him.
Rielly's songs have that rippling, soothing rhythm that you often associate with long-distance truckers while, in between, some more energetic tunes to then keep them awake and alert, such as the danceable zydeco "Wrapped Around Your Little Finger" and "Roadrunner." Also, the up-tempo "It's Gonna Be Me" is contagious, but the atmospheric "Moving Mountains" shows beauty of a magical countryside, and the bluesy "Some Day" leaves one homesick. The only cover song is the exciting country-like "Turn The Page" by Bob Seger. He ends up with the blisteringly beautiful ballad "Fíorchroí (TrueHeart)", laying his weary head to rest in a dream where he hopes to find his beloved. Rielly sings it all with a warm and empathetic voice and, like the early folk and blues troubadours before him, has chosen the freedom of the road.
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