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Goodbye Guitar
Tony Gilkyson
Goodbye Guitar
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1

Long a mainstay of Los Angeles roots rock, guitarist Tony Gilkyson has never achieved as high a profile as his folksinger sister Eliza, his former bandmates in X, or some of the artists he's backed as a sideman for hire. T...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Tony Gilkyson
Title: Goodbye Guitar
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Rolling Sea Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 2/21/2006
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Style: Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 707541797429

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Long a mainstay of Los Angeles roots rock, guitarist Tony Gilkyson has never achieved as high a profile as his folksinger sister Eliza, his former bandmates in X, or some of the artists he's backed as a sideman for hire. Thus it's something of a revelation that his second solo album shines so brightly as a songwriter's showcase, with material distinguished by musical range, emotional depth, and wry humor. Instead of a journeyman's display of guitar licks, Gilkyson applies his weathered vocals to "Wilton Bridge," a song that channels the populist social conscience of Woody Guthrie as it warns us not to judge too quickly the homeless man sleeping under the bridge. He subsequently transforms Guthrie's own "Old Cracked Looking Glass" into raucous honky-tonk, captures the world-weary flair of the Parisian boulevardier on "Man About Town" (written by father Terry Giklyson, with Eliza providing familial harmony), and delivers a whimsical, Appalachian-flavored kiss-off to his instrument in the title track. Throughout, the guitar work is impeccable, as is the support from the likes of drummer Don Heffington and multi-instrumentalist Van Dyke Parks, but the songs make the album a standout. --Don McLeese

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Underneath the Moon
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 01/20/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Tony Gilkyson's dad Terry wrote "Greenfields" for the Brothers Four. Tony was guitarist for X. His sister Eliza has recorded some excellent CDs. His 2nd solo set is strong with a variety of flavors. While there are some excellent tracks here like Celeste Moreno's "Juanita" and his father's "Man About Town," three tracks are my very favorites. The CD concludes with an excellent track by Carson Parks "Donut & a Dream" that is a country-flavored track with Van Dyke Parks on piano and Josh George on pedal steel guitar, "One cup of coffee, waitress, ain't quite enough." The opener "Mojave High" is a delightful acoustic rocker "Out in the desert where the lonely go, follow 95 along the Colorado to my home; I love these hills with no lights, but I know what's it's like to be alone." "Since the Well Ran Dry" has a strong melody that sets your toe to tapping, "I sleep in tents, blanket in the dunes, a rock for a pillow underneath the moon; I dig for water with the nails of my thumb, I pray for rain but the rain don't come." Gilkyson's "Goodbye Guitar" is a good set that bounces from folk to rock to country and lands on its feet. Enjoy!"