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Riverbluff Clan

2 Quarts Low – 1998 (Fat Chance)

Reviewed by Kevin Oliver

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Roots rock, bluegrass and the occasional country tune populate The Riverbluff Clan's disc. Mostly comprised of well-written midtempo numbers like, "I Won't Breathe," and "Outside Looking In," this dips into a similar can of country rock influences as fellow midwesterners like The Bodeans, but without the arena aspirations. They also throw in some authentic bluegrass sounds to mix things up. A cover of Flatt & Scruggs "Down The Road," is enthusiastic and loose, while they pull off the almost out of control, "Bent Grass Auction," with a technical virtuosity that hints at more than a passing acquaintance with the genre.

While all members of the Memphis contribute songs, their best material is from singer and guitarist Jimmy Davis (ex-Jimmy Davis & Junction). From the breathless beauty of a quiet ballad like, "I Won't Breathe," a variation on the classic "I'd Rather Go Blind," theme, to the regional interest tune, "Honeysuckle and Kudzu," it is clear that Davis has come a long way from his previous band.

The only thing the veteran band is low on these days is the recognition they deserve for crafting music as good as this. (Available from Fat Chance, 1894 Groveway Drive, Germantown, TN 38139 or 901-737-6152)