The Long Journey

Canis Majoris
Remo Ricaldone | 2016
Behind the name Esquela is a solid quintet...
Behind the name Esquela is a solid quintet coming from the State of New York on the third album, a combo from good local reputation formed in 2010 by the current front man John ‘Chico’ Finn, bass player and author of almost all the proposed material.

He grew up with a passion for country music of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, ‘Chico’ then embraced certainly sounds ‘classic rock’, from the Rolling Stones to Bruce Springsteen, from the Ramones to Creedence Clearwater Revival, with the intact fascination for the fifties and sixties, whose traces can be found clearly among the ‘grooves’ of this Canis Majoris.

Significant in this sense the opening of It Did not Take, a typically ‘fifties’ spirit and interesting voice that Rebecca Frame with guitarist (solo) Brian Shafer, Todd Russell drummer and another guitarist and mandolin player Matt Woodin complete a very well blended training. To help give a sound to the band and to treat the particular there is the expert production of Eric ‘Roscoe’ Ambel, plus wonderful guitarist who provides its ‘services’ during the sessions.

The alternative country and roots rock of Esquela is certainly not revolutionary but is particularly original, just an enjoyable mix of tradition, like the rough country song Sorry with the notable pedal steel Mark Spencer or spirited bluegrass of Animals. Emphasized among the best moments Pine Tar, lilting ballad from the electric sports theme, Irish charm of Need Not Apply with banjo and tin whistle Tom White, cadences ‘swampy’ Gold Digger, likely influence of ‘Roscoe’ Ambel and solid Blue Canoe to turn a pleasant album.

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