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Sunshine and Snow
Monday, 05.11.2012, 20:20
oh what a night...
Reto Burrell (CH)
The songs came about while moving - on the road, in hotel rooms, backstage, taking a walk. Sometimes they caress the surface, then the dark crevices of the soul. And always, always in their trademark simple style and manner. A fine mixture of Americana, barefaced folk, vocal ballads and elements of bluegrass.
Reto's sitting in the hotel window on famous music row in the equally famous Nashville. Bits of siren sound are wafting from across the street
from the Quad Studios, reaching only his ears. His emotions are running high, 'cause he knows the album he always wanted to make could and will only be created here. So, after Dylan and Young, it's Burrell cutting himself a slice of this unique spirit and he'll be recording his piece with the glistening title «Sunshine & Snow». To be precise, he'll be on it on acoustic guitar and vocals with Dennis Crouch on bass, Bryan Sutton on acoustic guitar also, Aubrey Haynie on violin and mandolin and Jeff Taylor on accordion and harmonica.
It turned into a fine mixture of Americana, barefaced folk, vocal ballads and elements of bluegrass. Three of the songs feature just two violas, two cellos and RB's acoustic guitar. A space and a microphone for each instrument - easy does it on this long and winding road towards simplicity. The songs came about while moving - on the road, in hotel rooms, backstage, taking a walk. Sometimes they caress the surface, then the dark crevices of the soul. And always, always in their trademark simple style and manner. Here's what some of the songs communicate: «Sunshine & Snow» is about life's contradictions - no light that doesn't throw a shadow; «Monday Morning 9 AM» is about changing the paralyzing status quo; «This City» is about the hate-love towards the hometown one cannot escape; «Cool Box» is about habit as the destroyer of love; «Find Love» about the sliver of love buried in hate; «For Old Times Sake» - waxing poetic about old friendships; «My Best Friend» — he's fucking up with self-pity and drink; «Let The Good Times Sing» is about passing on the little knowledge you might have and «Where The Road Ends» is about the end of the road - death.
«My music has to be raw and honest», Reto Burrell insists. Take him by his word and it may lead you to find your own true love. But on the other hand and perhaps in his spirit also, we urge you to take it wherever and whenever you can get it.
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