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"Like A Rocket walk a seldom traveled road of gospel/folk harmonies, country murder ballads, and sonics from 70s psychedelia. Quietly and intensely entertaining."
As impressive as each member's playing is, LAR's secret weapon is Speedy Gray's singing. I believe that many of us, from the most hardcore American Idol and The Voice fanatic to the most insular indie music devotee, accept on some level the Aretha Franklin/Otis Redding/Wilson Pickett model as the gold standard of singing. I won't dispute the validity of that model (I think that Marianne Faithfull hit the nail on the head when she said, "God does have a voice--it's Aretha Franklin's"), but it can disincline one from perceiving how rare an achievement Speedy's unflashy assurance and conversational, Zen-like cool are. Indeed, the only singers whom I can think of comparing him to are honky-tonk legend Lefty Frizzell and especially one of Frizzell's greatest disciples, Willie Nelson. I will say that he's in a class nearly all by himself among male singers...
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-Mavis Staples Nov 2011
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