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Electric Cabin
Artist: Cabin Dogs 
Label: Indie
Length: 10 tracks/55:09
 
Rural, upstate, homegrown, basement tapes, Big Pink, back porch, open fields and dirt roads. These are good words to help get your mind around _ElectricCabin_, the new album by the Cabin  Dogs. If that doesn’t do  it, just take a look at the cover photo. You’d swear you are looking at an unused photo from any Band album. 

Formerly The Kwait Brothers Band, the Cabin Dogs have fashion a sound  firmly entrenched in the folk tradition. They call it Americana these days. It has that timeless quality.  Smooth and easy rolling grooves loaded with warmth. These songs make you want to pull up and chair, put your feet up and just relax a while.  Lyrically, it is like having a conversation with a good friend. The C-Dogs make it sound so simple when it really isn’t easy to accomplish.

The Band references will be obvious upon first listen, but opener “Together Again” soon establishes the Cabin Dogs wonderfully warm organ sound with a sense of being glad to be back home with friends. “So I keep coming down this road/to find you now and then/and it feels real good to see you here again.” 

“Ceyenne” features Larry Packer on violin. Packer goes way back to the late-'60's New York band Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys, the band that owns the distinction of being one of only two bands the legendary Jimi Hendrix produced. Although I don’t hear a lot of the Buffalo Springfield sound that is bandied about when you read about this band, Cat Mother banjo player, Charlie Chan did play on several Springfield sessions. To add to the tie-in, the C-Dogs also do an admirable job covering Neil Young’s “One of These Days.”

“Froggy” is a nine minute plus wah-wah workout telling the Froggy Went A-Courtin’ tale with a definite twist. Some good guitar and organ interplay here. 

Appropriately issued on Woodstock Records and co-produced by Aaron “Professor Louie” Hurwitz (who guests on many keyboard instruments), this album was recorded at the foot of Hurley Mountain located near Woodstock, NY and it sounds that way. 

Electric Cabin calls us away from our chaotic world. It will slow us down and help us enjoy life. 

 
Bib Felberg   8/8/2006


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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