Jim Drew - If Guitars Could Speak

Published Tuesday 31st July 2018
Jim Drew - If Guitars Could Speak
Jim Drew - If Guitars Could Speak

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 79494-26635
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Paul S Ganney

All 12 tracks on this 2008 album are acoustic guitar and vocal alone. As good as New York-based Jim is (and he's both a very good singer and guitarist), I couldn't help but wonder whether 'If Guitars Could Speak' would have benefitted from a full band in places, if only to provide more sonic variety. The material here is a bit blues rock and a bit country/Americana in approach, while some of his rock influences are clearly Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen. On the quieter numbers the influence is more Neil Diamond, demonstrating just how well Jim Drew can sing. Thematically it's a set of scenes of life: stories such as "This Old Guitar" about a father (presumably his), "The Lady Understands Me" and "All Your Fault" about (presumably) his wife and also includes faith-based items: the opening "Dr It Up" starts out talking about repairing/pimping cars but turns instead to patching up our lives and the way we present ourselves. These meet nicely in "Moments In Time", which speaks greatly of forgiveness. There's some nice melodies in here such as "Many Faces Of Fire", in which the guitar playing is more functional, giving space instead to the vocal. Described as "soulful acoustic rock", this is a very good album that might have found favour with Bruce Cockburn fans, though I doubt very many ever got to hear it.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Jim Drew in Rochester NY @ 02:10 on Jul 12 2010

This CD carries simple voice and acoustic guitar versions of a bunch of new songs as well as a few previously recorded. I had been doing a lot of solo gigs and folks kept asking for ways to bring the songs home the same way they heard them in these solo concerts so I just sat down in the studio and played and recorded.

I had also spent time in Nashville meeting a publisher and working on ideas but discovering some family roots as my dad had been a huge old timey country musician. I never really leaned that far but some of the songs on this CD do touch some of that feel, perhaps the most prominent one being "This Old Guitar" which is my family history, or a part of it, and I used the student classical guitar I had gotten when I was four, which is explained in the song.

Some of my beloved acoustic rock and life and even a love song for my wife which I wrote while stuck in a hotel on my 25th anniversary and Christmas with no income, down in Nashville. (they said it would be easy for a northerner to find a job there but that was not my experience).

A special CD and I love these songs and hope you do as well.


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