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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Homespun: Joe Stickley's Blue Print, Smoke Leaves Town

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2009 at 12:00 PM

In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Joe Stickley's Blue Print's new CD, Smoke Leaves Town. He has this to say:

Joe Stickley's Blue Print is a folk-rock band -- in that order. The gentle strums of Stickley's acoustic guitar provide the engine for many songs on Smoke Leaves Town, while shuffling drums, quavering fiddle and the reedy wheeze of an accordion add color and depth throughout. There's a bucolic whimsy that breezes through the record; lyrics about big rivers, road trips and mountains ranges plant these songs on the front porch, glass of lemonade in hand. Stickley's high, thin voice doesn't always leave a mark, but on songs such as the opening cut, "Davy," he can make his vocals creak and ache in just the right places.

Read the rest here. JSBP is having a CD release show on Friday, May 22, at the Duck Room, and I hear tickets are just about sold out. (In fact, the link to buy tickets on Blueberry Hill's site appears to have disappeared.) In the meantime, check out a new song/MP3 below.

MP3: Joe Stickley's Blue Print, "Cooks Pine Mountain"

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