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Steve Bedunah

Plug It In And Play – 2007 (Dog Trot)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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CDs by Steve Bedunah

Steve Bedunah is a Texas singer/songwriter whose second release at times recalls the work of Tom Russell, Guy Clark and James McMurtry. Bedunah appears equally at ease with twangy country and more edgy country rock. The most traditional sounding track is "Little Sister," while the rocking title track could have commercial potential with more mainstream vocals.

The folk influence is also strong on such cuts as "Down To The River," "Lady With The Sad Face" and "Reunion." Perhaps the strongest tune is the dark "If You Need To Help," in which the singer's plea for help is accompanied by pessimism ("Appreciate the kindness but I don't understand/How the emptiness will pass by you holding my hand").

With well crafted tunes, Bedunah's effective monotone vocals, and fine musicianship highlighted by Milo Steering on mandolin, steel and fiddle, this is an impressive effort.