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Ernie Hendrickson

Walking with Angels

(Ernie Hendrickson Music; US: 13 Sep 2009; UK: Import)

If James Taylor and John Denver got together over a long weekend and wrote some good (but not legendary) songs, the results would sound much like Ernie Hendrickson’s new sophomore album, Walking With Angels. That is to say Hendrickson, a mellow singer-songwriter from Illinois, makes the kind of courteous music that shipped gold once upon a time, even though he is still mining his muse for stand-out melodies among the glut of singer-songwriter competition. Working in his favor are a poised tenor voice and the tasteful production of Bo Ramsey—it has been a good year for him, as he has done exemplary work for the Pines as well—creating a soothing country-rock album of acoustic guitar and pedal steel. The highlight: the comfy “Easy Lovin’”, a song guaranteed to be inoffensive to every family member and sweet enough to establish Hendrickson as a singer-songwriter to watch.

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Steve Leftridge has written about music, film, and books for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, No Depression, and PlaybackSTL. He holds an MA in literature from the University of Missouri, for whom he is an adjunct teacher, and he's been teaching high school English and film in St. Louis since 1998. Follow at SteveLeftridge@Twitter.com.


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