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Stumbling Still Warm
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I'm tired of stylish trends and high fashion. I'm sick of shoes that look like the awkward flippers of some sea creature. I'm tired of black-and-red-colored haircuts so jagged and sharp I fear they could hurt somebody. And I'm sick of recycled decades, zippers, studs, money and self-importance. But perhaps what bothers me most is when I look down, only to find an odd pair of boots better fit for a space alien on my feet. Not me too?!

Don't you just want to escape this contagious rapture with "cool" futurism sometimes? Maybe you don't want to physically depart from your fast-paced, high-tech, hip urban life, but perhaps simply long for a short mental break from it? That's what tranquil folk-rock music like John Washburn's is for.

Stumbling Still Warm, the new country-tinged album from this Berkeley, CA-born singer/songwriter/guitarist, is beautifully written and effectively layered with an impressive, balanced arrangement of instruments, including the fiddle, steel guitar, violin, lap steel, harmonica, accordion and upright bass. The 10-song recording feels pleasantly textured and somewhat raw and, although it's laden with melodic hooks and upbeat drumming, Stumbling Still Warm is often sad, centering on stories of heartbreak.

The album's production is somewhat hi-fi and clean, yet manages to exude a rootsy, down-home feel. All in all, Stumbling Still Warm is a country-folk album that won't disappoint fans of "No Depression" sounds. (Noteworthy are the reverberating early '60s-style guitar lines, reminiscent of Chris Isaak's original guitarist, James Calvin Wilsey.)

And for the record, being a native Oregonian, I may have webbed feet but I sure as hell don't wear flipper shoes — it was a mere slip-up.


by Jenny Tatone




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