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Chuck Ragan - Covering Ground

Chris Shipman
Chris Shipman 16 September at 14.18
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Hot Water Music man returns with his possibly his best effort yet...

It might, on rare occasions, stray almost too close to the back catalogue of Bruce Springsteen, but this, Chuck Ragan’s third full-length solo release, oozes blue-collar charm. Sounding like a twisted love song to the road with its folky violins and pained harmonica melodies, 'Covering Ground' is Ragan’s most personal and engaging record yet. A particular highlight is ‘Seems We’re OK’, in which Ragan showcases a gorgeous gravel-soaked voice that is almost worth smoking 40 a day to attain. Wonderful stuff.

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