Get My Rest"
Plaehn & Hino's latest release on
Notes Jan. 2002 vol 17, No.1, Portland OR
Monthly Publication of the Cascades Blues Association, Portland, Oregon
Greg Johnson, President
Cascade Blues Association
Get My Rest is an album that just makes you feel good. Acoustic
music with a flair. Dave Plaehn and Jeff Hino have an enchanting and unique
approach that not only reminisces renowned musicians of the past, but
labels what they do as distinctively original and up-to-date. Crisp guitar
lines, well balanced with harmonica and vocals. Blues standards such as
Bukka White's "Aberdeen" and Sleepy John Estes ""Drop
Down mama" are right at home alongside a number such as "She
Took Off My Romeos" with its Reggae beat most often associated with
David Lindley. Original pieces such as "Want a Woman To Love"
or "Don' Say You Don't Love Me" have a lively, jumping quality,
while Dave Plaehn's tenor phrasings on "would You Do the Same For
Me' is moving and heartbreaking. their songwriting has a sense of urgent
complexity, possessing a pleasant passion that speaks of unfettered euphoria,
as well as life's miseries, which makes for the required ingredients of
any true Blues music.
in Corvallis, Oregon, it's a nice reminder that not all the talented musicians
in this State are based in the city at the terminus of the Willamette
River. This is roots music at its finest played by craftsmen in the deepest
sense. Jeff Hino works a variety of stringed instruments from banjo to
steel guitar on the CD and masters them all (even the chair squeaks as
mentioned in the liner notes). Dave Plaehn's harp work shows a lot of
range and emotion; the perfect union to his exceptional vocals. Together
these two musicians compliment one another with a blend of music that
can take well-worn familiar songs like, "Who Do You Love" or
"Room To Move" and bring them new vitality worth listening to
all over again. This is a duo that has a lot to say and the skills to
back those voices, too. Check this one out!
What the DJs are saying about "Can't
Get My Rest"...
Laiosa, WBAI, New York City
"My listeners were quite impressed!"
--B. Foster,Blues Programmer, KPBX, Spokane
"Great CD! "
-- Blair Larsen, Fresh Folk, KUSU, Utah Public Radio
on Live Performances