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Ric Sanders Trio - Standin' on the Corner (Dotted Line)
This album sounds for all intents and purposes like one made from a sense of fun; three blokes of a certain age recalling all those Ry Cooder LPs they devoured as kids. Fronted by Vo Fletcher, who handles the lion's share of vocal duties, demonstrates his guitar pickin' credentials on such archive delights as the title cut, Jimmie Rodgers' Standin' on the Corner, Fred Neil's Green Green Rocky Road, and Mississippi John Hurt's Louis Collins. The guitarist also borrows Duane Allman's eternally pretty instrumental Little Martha, coupling it to the traditional Poor Boy, which also features Ric Sanders' bluesy violin. Of the trio, it sounds as though Ric is having the most fun as most listeners will no doubt expect, with his venturesome trademark bowing technique. It's all stompingly good fun, especially the trio's bashing out of Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London, included here as a bonus track, but the recording does whiff of the customary 'faithful to the gig' souvenir almost exclusively to accompany the trio on their tour. I'm not sure this album is going to make any significant mark on the vast body of recorded British folk music, but as a toe-tapping stab at nostalgic Americana, the boys done good.