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Cabin Dogs

Electric Cabin

(Woodstock; US: 2006)

Think of a contemporary look at groups like The Band and you get the idea as to what Cabin Dogs are all about. Country and rock rolled into one, and delivered with sincerity and honesty that is refreshing is what makes songs such as “Together Again” flow terribly well. Hell, even the album was co-produced by Aaron “Professor Louie” Hurwitz who worked with The Band and the late Rick Danko. “Settle Down” is a mellower effort but still has a great roots-y, earthy vibe to it all the same. The brothers Kwait nail this genre perfectly with a gorgeous, downbeat and Neil Young-ish “Phoenicia” that takes its good old time to end. Fans of Blue Rodeo, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Wilco, The Jayhawks or any other band worth their salt would love a track like “New Beginning”. But not all is excellent as a jam band-meets-funk “Froggy” stumbles along for nearly 10 minutes. Fortunately they redeem themselves with “Cheyenne” that has a great mountain or Appalachian music hue to it in the vein of Gillian Welch. And “Hobo” and a cover of Young’s “One of These Days” ends things on a high note.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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