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Guardian

Guardian

by Duncan Earl Walters
     
 
Not a Texas native but a longtime Lone Star State resident deeply imbued with the Texas singer-songwriter sensibility, Duncan Earl Walters has fashioned a compelling second album in Guardian. With an expressive baritone voice that might remind some of Toby Keith's muscular sonority, Walters takes a journey through 11 well-crafted original songs rich in

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Not a Texas native but a longtime Lone Star State resident deeply imbued with the Texas singer-songwriter sensibility, Duncan Earl Walters has fashioned a compelling second album in Guardian. With an expressive baritone voice that might remind some of Toby Keith's muscular sonority, Walters takes a journey through 11 well-crafted original songs rich in southwestern country flavor and literate observations on the human condition. If he hasn't lived these songs, then he's at least done a good job of making them personal. "I sing these songs of hard luck livin' / with a backbone beat," he intones in the brisk, driving shuffle "Dancing Girl," a Flatlanders-like musing with the requisite dark overtones of duplicity and deception belying the song's toe-tapping rhythmic thrust. A beautifully rendered country ballad with a blues tinge, "Guardian of the Skies" takes the measure of "things you cannot measure," in nature and in the heart, aided by a lovely, humming organ line and Philip Stevens's nuanced electric guitar commentary. With the aid of the redoubtable Flaco Jimenez's lively accordion work, "Greyhound" tells the raucous tale of some personal tribulations in a town where the Sixth Amendment is viewed as, shall we say, quaint. At five minutes plus, the album's closing song, "Wash Away," is the most ambitious and most impressive number. It tracks the spiritual odyssey of a college girl who gives birth out of wedlock, gives up the child, then seeks solace in religion, leaving Walters to wonder whether "each child she spies" doesn't summon an ache that "the blood of Jesus Christ" can't wash away. It's a heart-wrenching tale with no easy answers to its fundamental questions, with added grandeur supplied by Bobby Flores's keening fiddle lines and a church-style organ rumbling low throughout. Something's going on here, so listen up.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Duncan Earl Walters has had the kind of musical career more typical of a woman of an earlier generation, having started out as a performer in his youth, only to give up the footlights for marriage, a family, and a steady day job, and then returned to his first love later in life. By then, he was much too old for a Nashville record label to consider signing, but that didn't keep him from putting out his own recordings. Guardian is his second album, following 2003's Northern Rain, and it once again reveals him to be a country singer with a warm, comfortable baritone capable of turning out Cajun, honky tonk, and straight country tunes of his own composition. Guardian is an unfailingly pleasant collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2007
Label:
SPENT ROUND RECORDS
UPC:
0663609705020
catalogNumber:
7050

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