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Tony Gilkyson

Goodbye Guitar – 2006 (Rolling Sea)

Reviewed by Andy Turner

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This is just Tony Gilkyson's second solo album in a long musical career that stretches back to his childhood recording experiences with his late father, the revered folk performer and Walt Disney composer Terry Gilkyson. Along the way, he has performed with Bob Dylan, Alice Cooper and countless other musicians, served as a member of the legendary X for a decade and produced a number of albums.

Various roots music forms inform Gilkyson's sound, but this probably leans closest to country, with songs like the steel guitar and fiddle-powered "Wilton Bridge" and honky tonker Mike Stinson's "Worthless" definite highlights. But the varied instrumentation, including Hammond organ, "Texicali" horns, accordion and slide guitar, as well as help from all-star guests such as Van Dyke Parks and sister Eliza Gilkyson, keep things entertaining throughout. Other standouts include an outstanding take on Woody Guthrie's "Old Cracked Looking Glass," with Gilkyson's well-worn vocals fitting perfectly, and richly-detailed originals "Mojave High" and "Since the Well Ran Dry."