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It is not often that I get to review a new acoustic music project, but my friend Lee Kotick has bestowed the honor upon me of reviewing his new
debut CD entitled “Cigars & Guitars”. If ever there ever was a project that you would want to take on a long drive …. this is the one. Lee has brought together a stellar company of musicians and singers on the music scene today to create a project that will remain in my go to file of music.This is a good one folks!
Cigars & Guitars: Get a copy and enjoy!
I’ve been thinking about you lately because I recently listened to your CD. I hadn’t had a chance to really sit down and listen to it all (forgive me) but I have now and it’s WONDERFUL! Of course, all your support players are great, but you were great too! Nice choice of songs, good singing!! Great playing. Loved it!!
Congratulations!! Luv,Missy Raines
Lee Kotick has put together a great bunch of pickers along with some terrific material and came out with a super good project. Every tune on this project displays a huge amount of talent. Any bluegrass fan will enjoy adding this CD and getting it on their playlist.”Frank Poindexter.
This project pulls together a group of session musicians to play a set of newer and traditional material featuring Kotick’s guitar playing. Kotick has had a friendship with the Rice family, and the first cut “Burnt Rice” is by the late Larry Rice. Jarrod Walker does a fine job on the mandolin here, as he does throughout the entire program. Corey Walker holds down the banjo chores nicely. Vocals by Claire Lynch and Ronnie Bowman on a Lynch original, “Goodbye Again,” and Gaven Largent on the title-cut bring a variety to the project. Mark Schatz does his usual fine job on bass and Bryan McDowell’s fiddling is top flight. Gaven Largent adds nice touches on resonator guitar. This is a sonically rich project thanks to production values by Jake Stargel and Ron Rice’s job of mastering.
The programming is excellent as traditional tunes such as “Beaumont Rag” and “Forked Deer” are sandwiched between Kotick originals and bluegrass standards like “Wheel Hoss” and “New Camptown Races.” There is the fine Tony Rice tune “Swing 51” and the Django Reinhardt classic “Minor Swing” thrown in for more variety. Kotick gets his guitar involved nicely throughout, but “I Am A Pilgrim” is rich with guitar as he and Jake Stargel trade licks. For those who like their bluegrass with a touch of gypsy jazz, there’s a whole lot to like here. (www.leekotick.com)RCB
THE BLUEGRASS BLABBER
March & April 2019 Vol. 25, No. 2
ALBUM RELEASE: “Cigars & Guitars”
MP3 Downloads available on Amazon!
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SONG RELEASE: “Dale Beene”
Single Release Date: July 6, 2018
“Dale Beene” appears on Lee Kotick’s new album “Cigars and Guitars.” Available for purchase soon.
DALE BEENE By Lee Kotick ©Lee Kotick ℗2018 Lee Kotick
SONG RELEASE: “Canebrake”
Single Release Date: July 1, 2018
“Canebrake” appears on Lee Kotick’s new album “Cigars and Guitars.” Available for purchase soon.
CANEBRAKE By Lee Kotick ©Lee Kotick ℗2018 Lee Kotick
SONG RELEASE: “Cigars and Guitars”
Single Release Date: June 29, 2018
“Cigars and Guitars” appears on Lee Kotick’s new album “Cigars and Guitars.” Available for purchase soon.
CIGARS & GUITARS By Lee Kotick, Mark Schatz, & Denny Gies © Lee Kotick