Kevin Breit review…November 25, 2017…

KEVIN BREIT

JOHNNY GOLDTOOTH AND THE CHEVY CASANOVAS

STONY PLAIN RECORDS  SPCD 1397

CHEVY CASANOVA–C’MON, LET GO–I GOT ‘EM TOO–THE KNEE HIGH FIZZLE–COZY WITH ROSY–ZING ZONG SONG–THE GOLDTOOTH SHUFFLE–CRIME HOLLER–A HORSE BY ANOTHER STRIPE–ONE MO BO–DR. LEE VAN CLEEF

Think, for just a moment, of some of the most unique film franchises of the last 50 years or so.  You can start with The Man With No Name roaming the Old West, then move forward to the “Pulp Fiction”/”Kill Bill” movies.  Toss in a touch of humor with the Austin Powers phenomenon, then consider their soundtracks.  All of the music associated with these films is just as quirky as the characters within the films, and the same can be said of Kevin Breit’s latest set for Stony Plain.  Yep–one might say that all these film soundtracks have a little bit of Johnny Goldtooth And The Chevy Casanovas in them.  It’s one avant-garde, eclectically-wild ride!

Kevin is no stranger to the spotlight.  Literally a Canadian “musical treasure,” he’s played with Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, and many others, and has appeared on albums by other folks that have won a total of ten Grammys.  His creativity is unparalleled, and the eleven cuts  (all of Kevin’s albums feature eleven cuts), are all instrumentals, each with its own uniqueness.  Also, most all the set was recorded in Kevin’s basement studio in his home, and he plays virtually all the instruments.

Leading off, the title cut, “Chevy Casanova,” has the vintage feel of being in a 50’s R & B club, with Austin Powers shootin’ craps in the back.  “C’mon, Let Go,” is full of retro twang, while “I Got ‘Em Too,” The Knee High Fizzle,” and “Cozy With Rosy” all have decidedly-C & W overtones.

Our two favorites closed the set.  “One Mo Bo” has that cool Diddley bounce, while “Dr. Lee Van Cleef” pays tribute to those classic “spaghetti Westerns” scored by Ennio Morricone.

It’s obvious that Kevin Breit had a lot of fun creating “Johnny Goldtooth And The Chevy Casanovas.”  It’s also a guarantee that this one is bound to make you smile.  It’s raw, wild, and emotion-packed!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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