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Brian Paddock – Music Review

Returning to his given name after referring to himself as simply “Shimmy,” the helmsman of East Tennessee’s Shimmy & The Burns, singer/songwriter Brian Paddock steps out on his own with a stirring full length solo debut, aptly entitled Under New Management. To be sure, it’s not the first effort on his own — an acoustic EP preceded this LP earlier this year — but these eleven songs represent his most emphatic excursion so far. With his sandpapery vocals and a clear sense of grit and determination underscoring these songs, he comes across as a genuine journeyman in every sense, whether delivering driving tunes of clear conviction or musing on contemplative, heartfelt narrative ballads imbued with sensitivity and substance. With fellow musical compatriots Greg Horne, Kevin Abernathy, Jeff Bills and Tim Lee providing support among others, Paddock creates songs that feel both pointed and poignant. The title track itself is a document of despair about unfortunate changes that have overtaken our country in the wake of a new administration. Mostly though, Under New Management represents a renewed journey birthed by inspiration. And it’s simply superb.

 


 

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