Doug Henthorn: Three

Doug Henthorn


(Doug Henthorn)

An easy-going conga beat, and a laid-back bending, bird-squeaking electric lead from Travis Feaster floats above Doug Henthorn’s acoustic and strong, expressive vocal on “Set Em Up, Throw Em Back, Knock Em Down,” that opens his new album Three.

Troye Kinnett’s organ and a slightly dirty-sounding lead take us rockin’ harder on “Fate of None,” (one of my more favorites here). Again, Henthorn’s vocal pushes this solid little ditty to the fore. While the next tune “Forewarned and Failing,” is even louder, simpler and oh so much fun, a great big rockin’ barn burner. Great piano here from Kinnett as well!

And we get a real sly blues cover on The Eagles’ “Wasted Time.” What a very cool read on one of my favorite Eagle’s tunes and if I am not mistaken, not so many (if any at all) have attempted to cover this classic. The band outfits themselves step-by-step in the pocket with Henthorn wailing the heart-felt lyric. Great move here by Henthorn and again some wonderful leading by Feaster near the end.

Start and stopping slightly at the beginning, there’s some sweet slide, solid organ and Henthorn tackling another classic, “Across the Universe (man this guy has balls covering the songs he does!). I like Tim Fuller’s subtle bottom end bass here especially.

The nasty staccato drumming beat of “Devil’s Come Home,” ends Three, another great tune on this ten-song album full of them; singable, the players cutting fine and true and a great way to remember spending time with Doug Henthorn and his obvious skills as a musician.

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