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Thunderbolt & LightfootThunderbolt & Lightfoot
Album: Songs For Mixed Company
Label: Vesper
Tracks: 10

Taking their name from the title of the Clint Eastwood movie and with a close harmony sound that (as on 'Sweetest Baby') evokes the Everlys, Phil Barry and Sarah Fuerst are a duo from Kalamazoo, Missouri. whose music harks back to the 'good old days'. The Album opens with the darkly dry and folksy fingerpicked 'Let's Be Friends', getting into a poppier croon on the slow swaying, piano accompanied Miss Me.

Although Mike Lynch's 60s toned organ adds a more muscular edge to the slow bluesy funk of 'Year of the Monkey', it's generally a stripped down approach, introducing intricate fingerwork of the intimate bluesy ambience of 'Can't Be Trusted' while, featuring accordion, the jaunty 'Goodbye Is Not The End' has an almost 30s music hall feel.

They close with, firstly a cover of Springsteen's 'I'm On Fire' that features Michael Fuerst on cello, and then their own cowboy campfire strum and sway of the witty marriage vows of 'Dearly Beloved'. Mixed or otherwise, they make for good company.

Mike Davies