Adam Dalton – Self Loathing Blues

by Chuck Dauphin

How many ways can one describe the music of Boston native Adam Dalton? It’s a little Country, a little Folk, a little Jazz, and a little Blues – but, it’s also a whole lotta good.

For starters, Dalton is an instrumentalist’s instrumentalist. He plays the guitar. He plays the Wurlitzer. He even plays a mean harmonica, which you can hear on the opening cut, “Sweatpants Blues.” His prowess on the keyboards come into play on the nifty “Won’t Stand,” which is also a highlight.

From a stylistic level, there are many different grooves on Self-Loathing Blues. There’s the boogie-woogie of the arresting “Further From The Truth,” as well as a familiar Johnny Cash sound on “Too Late.” He then turns musical gears from a Sun-style to a 60s pop-folk sound on the charming “She Don’t Mind,” which has is very reminiscent of John Sebastian and the Lovin’ Spoonful.

I’ve got to say that Dalton has made one of the more eclectic-sounding albums I have heard in quite some time, and I think this would be a very worthwhile addition to any record collection. Don’t be surprised if you hear Dalton’s name on Grammy lists soon. He’s that good!

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