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John Egenes - Up For Air

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  • Model: TN1145-31
  • Shipping Weight: 0.125kg
  • 99 Units in Stock

Hailing from Santa Fe, New Mexico and now living in New Zealand, John Egenes travels back to his acoustic multi-instrumentalist roots with his latest offering, "Up For Air". With performances on guitar, banjo, mandolin, Dobro, and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap guitar, he leads us through a collection of stories and commentaries that come to life with his honest and heartfelt songwriting, supported by a stellar cast of New Zealand musicians. For those who still think folk music is something played on banjos by bearded men in overalls, this CD just might change their minds. Sophisticated songwriting doesn't have to be elitist, and quality musicianship doesn't have to be inaccessible to mere mortals.
CD REVIEW - by Chris Spencer
Egenes is a New Zealander,
who has recorded a very
country infl uenced album.
Egenes reminds me of another
ex-Pat Kiwi, Brent Parlane.
Their vocals are similar and
they write songs in a similar vein -
they even wear the same type of
American baseball cap! On one
level this album has the polish of a many other current contemporary
Australian country singersongwriters,
with sophisticated
recording standards, excellent
playing and sometimes engaging
lyrics.
This cd nudges the boundaries
a bit further, particularly with my
favourite song on the cd, “Over the
Line” that has a reggae beat and
mandolin accompaniment.
The title track is a homey country
song, which is playful, highlighting
the beautiful playing of the guest
musicians.
“Ghost of Hollywood” is another
song in a similar vein.
Another outstanding track on
the album, is the medium paced
“Lookin’ for a Ride” which relates a
story about meeting an interesting
character on a freight train in the
USA.
The American themes and
railroads are continued in “Ghost of
Hollywood” and “Railroad’s Callin’
my Name”.
“Southern Girl” features Egene’s
playing on banjo - he also plays
mandolin, dobro, guitar and
accordion.
Other songs exhibit country
music cliches, which indicates that
John has grasped the skills to write
songs in this genre, yet they don’t
sound so obvious that you can pick
Egenes’ infl uences.
“The Shore” is written in a folk
style rather than country.
Egenes mentions on the slick that
he supports an organisation called
Veterans for Peace.
However I can only nominate one
song, “Over the Line” tackling the
subject of the diffi culty of veterans
fi tting back into society after their
war has fi nished, that refl ects his
interest in this group’s aims.



This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 28 June, 2009.