A review of PUMPKIN written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange By Tampa Blue Singer-songwriters have a tough row to hoe. Many are lost in the crowd of folks who have not mastered their musical instruments, their word-smithing or learned from those who have gone before them. Jack Erdie stands apart from that crowd. His song-writing is able to transcend the merely personal and stand apart in a place of common experience that will make his songs relevant and meaningful to most listeners. The musicianship on Jack's CD, Pumpkin, ranges from solid to excellent. He provides great playing on multiple instruments and is wonderfully accompanied by several folks to create a nice full sound that frames his vocal story lines perfectly. And there are even some cuts that demonstrate his sensitivity and accomplishment as an instrumentalist. The musical styles he works with show that Jack has certainly spent the required time appreciating, understanding and mastering the more traditional music that many singer-songwriters seem to avoid completely. Jack's offerings cover a wide-range of topics and styles. Lyrically, his songs cover personal tragedy and loss, love songs and political commentary. Vocally, Jack is able to use multiple voicings to help deliver his messages. At times you should hear the influences of both Dylan and Ochs while at other times Jack is gifting us with his own inner voices. Pumpkin is a strong collection of enjoyable songs with great musicianship. The CD is well worth hearing and should encourage you to see him live if you ever have the opportunity! Jack Erdie: An Appreciation (Pittsburgh Calliope Folk Music Alliance) By Robert A. Wagner When Jack Erdie first showed up, he seemed to have come out of nowhere. How could I be living in the same city as someone this good without having heard or met him? His songs command attention, his vocal range wide and powerful, his rhythms compelling, and his imagery and command of language as sophisticated as anything I'd ever heard. Remember long-playing albums? Did you ever have a copy of Bob Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home'? Flip it over to side two. An entire side of panoramic, kaleidoscopic, compassionate, poetic, and riveting portraits of life in America. Life-changing stuff. That's how I feel when I hear the songs of Jack Erdie.
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