Old King Crow
Recorded at Beat Hollow Studio in the hills of Nashville's West Meade neighborhood, Old King Crow is a raw and unpolished portrait of guitarist Dave Isaacs' dynamic and improvisational trio...tracked mostly live with minimal overdubs, and filtered through the sonic sensibility of producer/engineer Fognode. CD review: Dave Isaacs' Old King Crow is the classically-trained, blues-rock inspired guitarist/singer/songwriter's best outing to date. Already established as a graceful and gritty string-man, with 'Crow' Isaacs comes into his own as a vocalist/lyricist, too. The album socks you with a one-two punch with it's first cut, a deep-fried electric morsel called 'Swamp Hog Blues.' The very next track is the lush and poignant 'I Don't Want to Go Downtown.' 'Downtown' features Isaacs' ever-captivating wailing guitar, partnered with his best bit of emotional singing to date. The balance of the record is a strong mix with elements of folk, blues rock and jazz flavorings, with a smoky production by Fognode that works splendidly for this album. Pay close attention to Isaacs, a New York guitarist now based in Nashville. He's fixing to to take staid ol' Music City by the horns and wrestle it into the dirt. ~ Linda East Brady, Music journalist, Host of KRCL's Roots n' Blues, author, 'Lone Star Ice & Fire.'