A review by Erica Parfit of the Missoulian: A descriptive musical tale In the gratitude notes of his album 'Slipstream,' Dennis Bolten calls himself a 'simple guitar player.' What he plays is far from simple. 'Slipstream' is an instrumental album consisting of Bolten playing the six-string, 12- string and the resonator. Anyone who's tried their hand at picking the six-string knows it is difficult to master. Add six more strings and hope your fingers have wings. Dennis Bolten's seem to. As he picks his way through this completely original album, a fresh sound surfaces. Playing with old folk sounds and new resonances, Bolten's music frolics through the eardrums. 'Slipstream' is versatile. As Miles Davis explored the boundaries of jazz, Dennis Bolten stretches the edges of folk guitar. He explores new rhythms and discordances. The song titles describe the sounds with a playful imagination. The trudgingly delicate 'Little Broken Flowers,' and the cheerful 'Big Nick's Hornet Roundup,' coincide with the musically bendy 'Rubberneck,' and the big cat stretch song 'That Cat Thing,' to create a fun, descriptive musical tale.
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