Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Jim Campilongo and the 10 Gallon Cats - S/T
|Jim Campilongo and the 10 Gallon Cats play a light hearted style of country instrumental hearkening back to simpler times. While all of this is country, a coupe of the tracks are like Link Wray in gingham. A tasty diversion.|
Picks: Splitsville, Billy's Bird, Snakestretcher, Joe Camel, Night In Serramonte, Big Bill, Twangin', Swingin' With The Cats, Blue Hen, Bully Cat, Ping Pong
Track by Track Review
A fast cowboy barn twister, with whining lap steel and a quirky sound. Great lap steel work and a light frothy beat.
Cowboy boogie woogie with a twist of lemon. A teensy bit of dementia, a dash of poultry, and "Billy's Bird" becomes a backdrop for an afternoon escape.
"Snakestretcher" is a long leaning blues, tortured and disoriented for a somber hombre.
Tobacconist frumpy quirkiness, with powder puffed left turns into the culdesacs of your subconscious.
Soft and floaty, "Night In Serramonte" whines and flows like water running down the hillside culverts while the fog drifts in. Cool, yet sultry.
Are we talkin' $100's or a tall dude? Either way, "Big Bill" is a playful cowboy in heat kinda number.
Throbbing Rock (Instrumental)
With all the deliberate slow torture of a Link Wray epic, "Twangin'" uses big vibrato and a dark melody line to portray sadness and maybe a little danger. Very slow and moody, and an interesting side trip.
A soft afternoon swing, with a lilting black and white cowboy feel.
Hearkening back to the Texas Swing era, "Blue Hen" plucks and whines with an innocent playfulness and cutesy sound, kinda like a cowboy Lawrence Welk.
Country Rock (Instrumental)
If Link Wray played lap steel, it might sound like this. Slow and fuzz tortured guitar against lap steel warbles and whines. If the New Riders Of The Purple Sage's "Death and Destruction" was an instro, it might have gone this way.
"Ping Pong" is a bluesy number with a traditional country sound and a soft melody line.