BILL EVANS & MEGAN LYNCH – Let’s Do Something (Native & Fine Records)

It’s interesting listening to an artist and seeing how, from formulative years they can flourish over the passage of time. From her early career as an ‘old time’ fiddle recording artist to the flowering contemporary cross-over that now cements her musical change in direction, Megan Lynch has made the transformation, along with her musical partner Bills Evans in what appears a seamless join. Also to her credit Lynch now packs a mighty wallop as a vocalist of note and the duo’s choice of songs that utilises Evans skills on vocals, banjo and guitar to enhance the majestic beauty inherent in the lyrics is a real lesson in restraint. OK, so comparisons are bound to be drawn to a style not dissimilar to that of Alison Krauss particularly on the opening track “Rocks And Water” written by newcomers (to me at least) Steve Tannen & Deb Talan where Megan’s vocals stay comfortingly in the lower register whilst the gently rolling banjo and fiddle accompaniment hit everything dead centre. A doffing of the hat in the direction of Van Morrison (“Into The Mystic”) and Mark Knopfler’s “Song For Sonny Liston” should please some of the more commercially aware audience and the repetitive nature of the banjo riff shows that Evans & Lynch are a rare talent with real ‘edge’. For those, that like me are fast becoming ‘Country’ music converts I couldn’t recommend a finer starting point.


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