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Graham Lindsey – Famous Anonymous Wilderness

As I “review” albums I am probably going to be all over the place in relation to when things were released. That is because sometimes it takes me years to find something.

Graham Lindsey is a hard singing man from Wisconsin who with guitar,harmonica and banjo can drag you in into his dark musical world.

Listen As You Read!
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The cover of this album could pass off as any young country singer with little to no talent giving this music thing a shot before moving on to more suitable pastimes, such as factory work. But this clean looking country singer is nothing of the sort (clean, talentless or factory bound).

When I first heard this album it reached straight into my head and made me stretch out for the bottle of whiskey on the shelf. This may not be his best album, something I will discuss in good time, but it was a personal turning point for myself in relation to what music I wanted on my stereo.

The revenge song “Emma Rumble” also does contain one of my favorite rhymes of all time, which ends with the words “as my shotgun loads”.

Whilst backpacking through Bolivia many years ago I was asked to put a song on the stereo representing the music I liked after being unable to describe it to our tour group. I played them Emma Rumble and got two interesting responses. The Canadians from Vancouver were confused, “you really like this?”, where as another Australian just nodded his head “Ah, you like a poet then”. I couldn’t have described it better, and often use this angle to describe the music I like to this day.

One for the Road
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