Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Blues, World Music, Pop
Even in a genre oversaturated with fast-jamming electric guitarists, this Australian singer-songwriter's improvisations are always original and occasionally revelatory. He's a surprisingly soulful singer, in a less-polishe... more »
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Even in a genre oversaturated with fast-jamming electric guitarists, this Australian singer-songwriter's improvisations are always original and occasionally revelatory. He's a surprisingly soulful singer, in a less-polished, B.B. King sort of way, and his constant solos never drown the focus of a catchy acoustic song like "Mean Old Airplane" or an electric stomper like "Stormy Seas." Ultimately, this 1993 CD is for guitar aficionados--Dave Hole's playing mimics his voice perfectly on the title track, and his slide achieves an Allman Brothers-style moan on Big Bill Broonzy's standard "Keys to the Highway." --Steve Knopper
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Intense, mind boggeling blues slide guitar
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a guitar player and a rabid blues fan, I must say that I have never heard anything like this album: the sheer emotional intensity and unbelievable talent are beyond description. Its a must-have CD in any electric guitar fan's collection."
Ricardo Neves Gonzalez | 08/21/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Lately, on a search for folks who play slide guitar, I ran across this Dave Hole CD on amazon.com. I am very pleased with the amount of energy and emotion Dave puts into his music. It is evident he is trying very hard to make sure he leaves you with a memory of his slide abilities. Nearly each song is full of some slide solos and imporvisations. Almost to the brink of being too much. Perhaps that is my reason for 4 stars rather than 5. The music is truly burnin' blues, but I didn't care for his voice. Seems to be falsetto at times, but that only reminds me of Robert Johnson, and that is actually a good thing. I would prefer a bit lower, growling voice, but that is an opinion. He does things with a slide I have not heard others do. He plays the slide "over the top" of the neck (as shown in the picture on this and many of his CD covers), rather than from underneath, and for creativity, I would give Dave Hole a 7. I think the feeling I get is that there is an underlying over-emphasis on the slide...he wants you to see his gimmick, and that gimmick is what's selling his music. This is evident in the pictures for his CD jackets...they want to be sure you know this guy is doing something different with the slide. He is, however very excellant at what he does, and deserving of the attention. He does his own thing and for that I'd give him another seven. A little less slide and some stronger vocals would set him head and shoulders over his current efforts on this CD."
Fabulous artist, awesome slide work, tremendous
michael t williams (mtwilliams@nu-w | Eugene, Oregon | 10/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dave Hole is the best slide guitarist I have seen and heard. His "Short Fuse Blues" and "Steel on Steel" are also really fine albums, especially "Short Fuse Blues" You won't believe this artist's and band's talent!!!"