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Schwindy's indie music spotlight: Chris Wilson

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Chris Wilson is not a terribly distinctive name, so it would have been easy for me to overlook the message about the new album from this artist. However, my interest was piqued when I saw that he is the frontman for The Flamin' Groovies and that two of his Flamin' Groovies bandmates join him on the album. I will tell you this. This isn't exactly like a Groovies album, but it has a lot of what's good about that band.

This album definitely has a classic rock feel to it. However, Wilson doesn't go for a 60s garage feel. Frankly he goes more toward the storytelling and songwriting qualities you find in the music of John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen. He tells a good story and he does it with a fair amount of grit. It's hard to listen to songs like "Heart in Her Hand" without thinking about artists like Mellencamp and Springsteen. It also brings to mind a band I heard recently: Pat Todd and the Rankoutsiders.

"Sweet Anne" reminds me a lot of The Flying Burrito Brothers. It has a beautiful melody, good harmonies, and a touch of that spacy Bakersfield sound.

Wilson throws a curveball with "Bad Dreams." This is a psychedelic song that - much like some of George Harrison's music - sounds like it has some Indian influence.

If you're looking for something that sounds just like The Flamin' Groovies, you might be a little disappointed. Or maybe you won't. After all, this album is filled with good songs and good sounds. It is a classic-rock album that just happens to be modern. Whether or not you're a fan of The Flamin' Groovies, this album will fit right into your collection if you are a fan of classic rock. It's Flamin' Groovy will be available on 14 January.

Contact me if you would like to be considered for an upcoming edition of Schwindy's indie music spotlight.

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