Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show
college music scene is very familiar with John Rauhouse's
guitarwork via the recordings of singer/songwriter Neko
Case. But Rauhouse shows his full potential with his new
solo release, Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Air Show
(Bloodshot Records). The album features several of Rauhouse's
notable musician friends, including Case, Tommy Connell,
Joey Burns, Kelly Hogan, and Nick Lucia, among others.
Boasting 16 tracks that range from Western Swing to jazz
to rockabilly, Air Show is a real treat.
Glow Worm" opens the collection with straightforward
steel guitar riffs and blends perfectly with the next
track, "F86." "The World is Waiting for
a Sunrise", the catchiest song on the disc, features
the mesmerizing vocals of Case, and is strangely reminiscent
of the now-defunct New York band The Camaros. And "Circle
The Wagons Babe", a Rauhouse original, evokes the
urge to dance the night away to the boogie-steel guitar.
highlights include "Hula Blues" with its soft-shoe
style riffs and Haole Choir vocals, and the rockabilly-lite
version of "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive",
featuring the sexy voice of the legendary Kelly Hogan.
Hogan also provides the vocals for the lounge classic
"The Lonely Bull", while the beautifully arranged
big band love song "Perfidia" is topped off
with the sultry vocals of Sally Timms. The second half
of the album focuses on instrumentals, including a loungey
Western Swing rendition of "Choo Choo Ch' Boogie",
and the Rauhouse originals "Homie's Parade",
"Agent Burns", "Can O'Corn" and "Million
Records now has another quality performer to brag about,
and listeners can look forward to Rauhouse's follow-up
recordings. There are no stunts to hear in this Air Show,
just quality music.
the band online at www.bloodshotrecords.com/bands.php3?bandid=34