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FRANK HANNON
Gypsy Highway

 

 

Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon starts his second solo album off with a tip of the cap to both Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin, a flute solo piercing the pastoral mood evoked by his guitar and mandolin on ‘Hills of California’.

 

And it doesn’t get any more solo than this – Hannon plays and sings everything on the record, telling deeply personal stories through these 14 acoustic-based tracks.

 

Hannon’s vocals at times resemble those of Tesla singer Jeff Keith, and the album references the great laid back seventies and eighties US rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, et al, with shades of Led Zeppelin, some country influences, and even a ragtime shuffle on ‘Brand New Shoes’.

 

“Gypsy Highway” is a very American album, rootsy and bluesy, with a real “singing songs around the campfire” feel to it – never more so than on the good vibes of ‘Lets Go Back To Bed’ – and is, above all else, a superb Sunday-morning-coming-down album. Lovely stuff!

 

Shane Pinnegar
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