Working like a soundtrack to his self-penned memoir, Rob Rideout's Still Singing, Somehow CD draws from his storied life in melancholy fashion. Home-spun recordings with backing from local musicians that flesh out Rideout's acoustic guitar musings, this disc is partly album, partly scrapbook.
Most chapters here begin with Rideout's mid-tempo acoustic guitar and plaintiff vocals before opening up into tavern-esque, basement excursions like "Laugh at the Blues" or "Healing the Holes in My Heart" with subtle infusions of guitar texture by local artist, Clifford Ward, to give songs expansion and color. On "She's There", the standout moment is a poignant sax solo by Jai Ram Rideout, almost transforming the number into something like an early Pink Floyd demo.
It's great to see local musicians coming together to help turn ideas into an album, and at least four or more local bands are represented on Still Singing, Somehow.You can find out more at www.stillsingingsomehow.com
The CD is also locally available @ Reflections in Colville & Meyers Falls Market in Kettle Falls.