Jon Dakota – Big Magic

By Charlie Englar
Words with wisdom carry a lot of weight, especially when a lifetime of ups and downs is described via the accompaniment of an acoustic guitar and harmonica. Jon Dakota lets this fused puzzle of delivery fly on Big Magic: A troubadour-style tell-all set in the Americana tradition of “I’ve been down this road before, and let me tell ya about it.” Dakota’s wearied and withered voice becomes easier to listen to the more one takes it in, much like the poignant and open-hearted themes on Big Magic resonate and sink in deeper each time around. Political and social commentary mix with love and life as Dakota and his band drive the harmonica-driven locomotive around each bend and up each hill, always happy to coast when the going is good.

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