Cary Morin – Streamline

Cary Morin’s new 12-song collection follows his 2011 release, Sing It Louder. Streamline might be named after the classic aluminum trailer, or it might describe the recording process of this soon-to-be classic CD. According to Morin, the songs were recorded live in the studio with no post editing or overdubbing. Described as Native Americana Fingerstyle Blues, Cary’s style of acoustic guitar playing and singing is his own take on classic blues of an era gone by. “Here And Now” opens the CD with a smooth guitar riff and soon describes a sad day in a town besieged by wildfires, lamenting the fires that threaten to destroy his own personal life. Heavy stuff perhaps but true to the blues we all have in our lives occasionally. Cary’s unique guitar lines weave a common thread throughout the CD. “To Love Somebody,” yes that’s right, a Gibb Brothers’ cover, features a subtle strumming guitar, letting the lyrics of this classic love song rise to the top. Cary’s years of band experience show in his selection of two other covers on the CD, one being the Grateful Dead’s “Tennessee Jed.” The song is transformed into a Dust Bowl-era tune with alternating bass lines one might believe to be played by a bassist. The last song on the CD, “Old Guitar”, is a love song tribute to Morin’s old guitar – the same guitar that leads Cary around the world, but always back to Fort Collins.
—Michelle George

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