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September 14, 2006

Refugee Blues by Chris Volpe

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Refugee BluesThis is a very unsuitable album to be sent to me. No guitar histrionics, no shouting and no Indie! One musical reference point I have is from 60’s folk music such as Bob Dylan, especially the harmonica playing. The picking guitar style is one I know from English Folk and I am very envious of what Chris can do on the guitar. The songwriting and musicianship is excellent – he did recently win the We Are Listening’s 2006 Singer-Songwriter Award. His prize is a trip to London to do some recording.

I am not big on Folk normally, but there are some songs when Chris Volpe comes into the same league as Elliot Smith and Josh Ritter (and that is my area). The first five tracks from Shoes to When The Ribber Meets The Road are intense and romantic Americana of the highest quality. But it still worries me, How can someone produce five such brilliant tracks and then ten average ones? I hope what we have here is an artist who is stepping outside of the cliches of a genre where he has learnt his craft. Ignoring all but those first five tracks, I would say we have a man who can evoke pictures and emotions of a gentle and intelligent American dream.

Chris Volpe Website

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