Toby Burke – Winsome Lonesome

Already Uncut-endorsed via two fine LPs as head of wistful country types Horse Stories, Burke's solo debut finds him in intimate, hushed repose. His acoustic guitar fingering is highly expressive, be it woven into delicate sound webs on the love-torn "Cigarettes", delving into the country-blues of "Long Face" or lighting up "Which Train's She On?" with flashes of slide. Burke's voice remains his crowning glory, though, wringing nuance from the simplest of melodies.

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Already Uncut-endorsed via two fine LPs as head of wistful country types Horse Stories, Burke’s solo debut finds him in intimate, hushed repose. His acoustic guitar fingering is highly expressive, be it woven into delicate sound webs on the love-torn “Cigarettes”, delving into the country-blues of “Long Face” or lighting up “Which Train’s She On?” with flashes of slide. Burke’s voice remains his crowning glory, though, wringing nuance from the simplest of melodies. Both the folksy “Stop Me” and “30 Seconds”?with dovetailed banjo/guitar leads?are up in Jeff Buckley territory. Some feat.

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