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Tom Gillam

Shake My Hand – 2004 (95 North)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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The third release from Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Tom Gillam exposes roots firmly planted in '70s country-rock. "Outside The Lines," "Abby And Andy" and "Please Come Home" recall Don Henley's Eagles work, while "Disappearing Act." "Take It Easy On Me" and the title track display an Allman Brothers influence.

Elsewhere "Your Parting Gift" has a bluesy Lynyrd Skynyrd feel, and "Stand By You" features Byrds-like harmonies. Gillam wrote or co-wrote all 13 tracks, and he is particularly effective on ballads such as "I Could Be The One," which deals with the angst of unexpressed emotion, and "Ali Says She's Leaving," a tale of a disintegrating relationship. With "One Park Lane" Gillam reflects on lost love from the past, while "One Step At A Time" gazes hopefully into the future.

The music throughout is driven by Gillam's excellent slide guitar work, and he is well accompanied by Craig Simon (guitar), Dan Showell (drums), Tim McMaster (bass) and producer Joe Carroll (mandolin). With pleasant vocals, thoughtful lyrics and stellar musicianship Tom Gillam delivers an impressive country-rock collection. (Box 10070, Swanzey, N.H. 03446)