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Lee Palmer embraces acoustic roots and lots of slide on 60 Clicks

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Lee Palmer Is doing what he does— playing  laid back mid tempo blues on his latest CD “60 Clicks.”Click here to hear Lee Palmer's 60 Clicks
 His band, the One Take Players supply some fine, easy to listen to  mid tempo acoustic  blues music which veer  lot towards the folk end of things from the first track “ Do What I Does.”
 There is a lot of country, real roots country influence  on the CD with lots of slide  guitar and dobro, especially on “Parent's Child.”

It is not all country, though,  “Waiting on My Love to Come” is a laid back acoustic blues number with a strong groove.

 The harp is front and centre on this CD and he has a crack  group of musicians playing beautiful acoustic grooves including percussionist Al Cross, upright bassist Alec Fraser, acoustic and Spanish guitarist Elmer Ferrerr, harmonica player Roly Platt and Burke Carroll playing all things slide. Wendell Ferguson plays on a couple of the more countryish tracks “Wrong Not To Write” and one of the few electric tracks on the CD “Fighting the Blues” and Neil Donnell sings background vocals.

Lee Palmer himself sings in his velvety baritone and plays guitar.
 It sounds like he got the whole gang together on their balcony one humid summer night, just to drink a few beers and break out the acoustic instruments.

Things are too Good to be Blue” sums up the feel of the CD. It is one of the more jazz tinged numbers which reminds me of Hills and Lemelin.

The title Track “60 Clicks”  is a beautiful tribute to  a friends of his who passed away.
“Changed Man” is a very pretty Spanish influenced number which also features on of many sweet slide guitar/ steel guitar solos.

“ Fighting the Blues” is a is a little more up tempo and reflects  fellow Southern Ontario roots band Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.

 His voice is reminiscent of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings' Tom Wilson.
 He ends his CD on an energetic, foot-stomping rave up full of more excellent slide  guitar and harp on “Together We Roll.” which brings together all of the best the CD has to offer — lots of slide, lots of harp and lots of laid back acoustic grooves.

— By Richard Amery, l.A. Beat Editor
CD: 60 Clicks
Artist: Lee Palmer
 Genre: blues/ roots/ country
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