David Pinsky and Phil Newton

 
 

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Cascade Blues Association Blues Notes Nov. 2014

David Pinsky & Phil Newton

David Pinsky and Phil Newton CD coverOver The Moon

Self Produced

Over The Moon is a very intimate recording by David Pinsky & Phil Newton fully capturing the feel of the duet in a bare bones atmosphere. If you were to close your eyes it just might seem like you’re sitting in a back yard at a Mississippi fish fry or barbecue with the pair offering a personal performance. You can almost smell those ribs firing up as the guys lay down some greasy, Delta tunes to set the tone.

Guitar and harmonica duets have been a staple of the blues since time began and the best can really get your blood flowing in an excitable manner. Pinksy and Newton are definitely pushing those fluids through your veins here. They always seem to come across as if they’re enjoying themselves on stage and you get that same sensation here as the pair alternate on vocals for the eleven original numbers presented. That happens when you have two long-time friends who are remarkable musicians and enjoy playing together as often as possible. Throughout the album you are transported to happy times, lost loves and rough situations. In other words, you’re being given a plateful of the blues.

Kicking off with “Memphis By Midnight,” they open by telling of the troubles they first encountered to travel to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge, but the sensations and magic they found on Beale Street once they arrived. How can a musician not feel that overwhelming feeling knowing that they’re playing on that same street and venues where many of their blues heroes left their mark.

“The Devil Stayed Out All Night” takes on a “St James Infirmary” pace while Phil’s woman has left him while he still waits for her return. Maybe he should’ve listened when told not to stay out all night playing around. “The sun will come up this morning, the sun will go down tonight, yesterday she was here, today she’s gone, because you know I didn’t treat that girl right.”

David testifies on “One of These Days.” You know one of these days he’s going to get things right. On “Blind Man Needs A Cane” David informs us just how much he needs his baby while utilizing an easy walking blues on his guitar.

Deeply inspired by artists from the Delta, but within their own path, David Pinsky and Phil Newton serve up a very authentic collection of blues that are personal and can reach down to your heart. The pair compliment one another to the point that you can picture being in a conversation where one might finish a sentence that the other begins. And still stating exactly what was meant to begin with. That feeling is displayed precisely on the final track, “Your Turn To Go,” as the blend of harp and guitar are not over-powering and feed off each other. It is a beautiful piece that captures the mood of the entire disc and their musicianship in a nutshell.

These guys know the blues and know how to tell the story within a song. It’s feel good and down home music, carrying on the tradition in just the right way. No frills here, this is blues at its most basic and if you appreciate that, it’ll have you over the moon, too.

Total Time: 49:35

Memphis By Midnight / Blind Man Needs A Cane / The Devil Stayed Out All Night / One Of These Days / 3303 Burdeck Drive / Mama’s In The Kitchen / Telephone Blues / Black Highway / Save Me / Cryin’ At 11:59 / Your Turn To Go

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 David Pinsky And Phil Newton – Over The Moon | Album

Review  by Rex Bartholomew


With the many diverse subgenres of blues that are being recorded today, it is good to regularly touch home with where the blues came from so we do not lose track of where we came from. Oregonians David Pinsky and Phil Newton are creating just this kind of bare bones music and are doing a very good
job of it, as evidenced by their first album together, Over the Moon.
PInsky and Newton have known each other for years and started playing gigs together a few years back with their brand of Delta style roots and blues, and it caught on. This dynamic duo had enough juice to win the completion that allowed them to represent the venerable Cascade Blues Association at
the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Competition was stiff and they did not prevail, but the door did not close and they again won the right to represent the CBA again in 2015 at the IBC. I wish them luck!
They came back from Tennessee with none of their fire diminished, and they headed into a Central Point, Oregon studio this past summer to cut their first album together. The album was produced,engineered, and mastered by Thomas Hartkop and it features Dave and Phil on vocals and harmonica,
with Dave also providing the guitar parts. That is it – no horns, drums, bass, keyboards, or trio of beautiful backing vocalists. Instead, we get 11 original tracks written with honesty from these two veterans of the Pacific Coast blues scene, and it is a good trade-off.
The set kicks off with “Memphis by Midnight,” and the blues listeners get exactly what they are looking for, which is bare bones acoustic blues. This is a raw recording with woody sounding acoustic guitar that is recorded so well you can hear the strings hitting the frets. The weathered vocals recount this
year’s trip to Memphis, with plenty of their recollections, impressions and images. Rounding out the package are a few harp breaks that are muted yet still pretty.
There are other songs that throw out a little of the duo’s history. “Black Highway” is a howling Deltaesque ode to Oregon Route 238, the highway that David and Phil both live on. And “3303 Burdeck Drive” brings back memories of growing up in the cold clime of Oakland, California, this time with a
country blues feel thanks to the carefully picked guitar lines and the doubled guitar/harmonica intro.
One of the standout tracks is “Mama’s in the Kitchen,” which brings a lot of Louisiana spice to the table. This is accomplished with Pinsky and Newton’s minimal instrumentation by having the harmonica mimic a squeezebox, and at times you can be fooled into thinking it actually is an accordion. The guitar lays in the background playing heavy downbeats while the lyrics take the front of
the stage (as they do on most of the album), but this time in a Fats Domino style.
Looking at the album as a whole, this is the kind of music that a couple of friends would get together to play at a backyard cookout or in a slow-paced roadhouse, and these two old buddies can do it betterthan most anyone else around.
Things draw to a close with “Your Turn to Go” with some beautiful harmonica work and aggressively strummed acoustic guitar. The lyrics recall remorse for how things have gone so badly in life, but realizing the need to move along anyway and hope the future gets better. This is what the blues is all
about!
If you like what you hear on David Pinsky and Phil Newton’s album, you should try to catch their live show, as they have gigs almost every week for the next few months, including the IBC on Beale Street in Memphis this January. But, if you cannot make it to Oregon or Tennessee, the next best thing would
be to pick up a copy of Over the Moon. Taking this journey to the roots of the blues and Americana will definitely be money well spent. Plus, picking up a copy will support their trip to the IBCs, which is a cause worth standing behind!

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