Shane Dwight review…April 20, 2014…

SHANE DWIGHT

THIS HOUSE

ECLECTO GROOVE RECORDS   EGRCD  515

THIS HOUSE–WE CAN DO THIS–FOOL–SING FOR ME (SEARCH FOR SIERRA)–IT’S GONNA BE BEAUTIFUL–DEVIL’S NOOSE–STEPPING STONE–NEVER BEFORE–I’M A BAD MAN–LOSING GROUND–BAD FOR YOU–CRAZY TODAY

In 2009, guitarist-singer-composer Shane Dwight relocated from his native California down to Nashville, to surround himself with all the varied musical influences around this area.  Shane’s Cali roots run deep, tho, and he still splits his time between here and his childhood ranch in Morgan Hill, CA.  And, with eight albums and two live DVD’s already under his belt, this guitar slinger has just released his Eclecto Groove Records debut, “This House.”  It is eleven of Shane’s originals and one dynamite collaboration with his favorite backing singer, Bekka Bramlett.

This set is also produced by Grammy winner Kevin McKendree, who adds keyboards throughout.  Shane starts the proceedings with the haunting title cut, where “This House” feels the emptiness and darkness as Shane’s lover is, sadly, “long gone.”  “We Can Do This” is a sweet, danceable shot of funky blues, while “Never Before” has Shane singing the praises of his latest lover over a chugging beat, telling us that he “never begged before, like I’m begging you!”

“Fool” and “Losing Ground” show us a softer, soulful side of Shane, while he and Bekka close the set in  a gospel fervor, on the all-acoustic “Crazy Today.’

We had two favorites, too.  Bekka Bramlett takes the lead vocal  on a song of perpetual hope and “never having to be alone,” entitled “It’s Gonna Be Beautiful,” punctuated by Shane’s backing slide.  And, “I’m A Bad Man” is as lowdown-and-dirty as it gets, and is one of the most raucous pure-blues cuts that Shane has ever committed to wax!

With “THis House,” Shane Dwight shows that he can peacefully coexist between California and Nashville, as there are elements of both his environs over the course of this set.  As such, his Eclecto Groove debut is a smashing success!!   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow

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