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David Vidal’s music and playing style mystified the audience on Sunday at the Art & Music Festival last weekend. I had a chance to talk to Anthony, a local musician, during David’s performance on Sunday and he was blown away with David’s guitar playing style. Anthony was the one who pointed  out that David had snuck a shot glass in, but he wasn’t drinking out of it, he was playing the guitar with it…. What? Playing the guitar with a shot glass? Is that like “Tin Cup” playing golf with a shovel    & rake? I don’t know, but it was amazing!

David captivated the audience like no other artist I have ever seen play at Old Cal Coffee.
You know when an audience is listening because you can hear a pin drop,kind of like when E.F. Hutton speaks… people listen…. ok, bad analogy, but stay with me here because I want to explain in words what David did better than any other artist… He has a way of singing to the crowd, captivating their attention. He could sing at a whisper and everyone, no matter how packed it was, could hear and understand exactly what the artist was conveying in his music. And when he was nearing the end of a song, he finished in a manner that made the crowd silent, wanting to be sure they heard the final note... then right there, after a brief moment of silence… David finished playing the last note on the guitar, finished singing the last note from his voice... his whisper becomes silence…. pause… pause…. pause…. then... and only when…. we are sure it is over…. The crowd erupts into cheering.  It was awesome to watch!
 


Damn, what a beautiful album!  You are probably thinking that’s a strange opening for a review, but that was my reaction after listening to the latest album by David Vidal... And now many of you are thinking "Who?".  I find it unfortunate that singer/songwriter David Vidal has not yet gotten the recognition he has deserved for so long. “World of Trouble” is his fifth album, and it contains 11 gems.

Vidal is a highly esteemed multi-instrumentalist who has worked with greats such as Joe Walsh, Gene Clark and several members of Little Feat. Since his remarkable solo debut "Everybody Loves Me But You", fifteen years ago, he has demonstrated a talent that makes it a mystery as to why he has stayed out of the limelight.


The cover of his latest CD shows him with an electrically amplified cigar box guitar which, along with his acoustic slide guitar, plays a leading role in this release. In a nutshell, that sums up  the instruments you can expect to hear on this record.


Vidal's great songs are made effective by the man alone and his guitar. He is a skilled singer but almost all of these songs are more narrative, resulting in an absolutely cherished album with very beautiful melodies and captivating lyrics.


God, yes, his music is influenced by that of the deep South, and  the way David nails these eleven self-penned songs is nothing less than impressive. The album was recorded
live in a studio in Laguna Beach, California and immediately fascinates from the beginning of "I Gotta Thang 4 U" to the closing track "Big Electric Universe". His improbable sincerity, the narrative of his own life, all results in fantastic, impressive songs which are then further supported by his unique, dreamy and brooding acoustic slide guitar playing.


It seems as if  "World Of Trouble" is a confession in the confessional. Listeners are rarely given songs are so dead honest, even harsh. Yes - this man is well aware of his own guilt, listen to that confession on "Sometimes You Hurt The Ones You Love" for example, but rarely is there an artist such as Vidal, who is able to turn both his state of mind and his emotions into such downright brilliant songs.


Those who are not already familiar with David Vidal, must immediately explore his work. For those who are already fans, get “World Of Trouble” as soon as possible. It is another brilliant record from a consistently brilliant artist.


Luc Meert

Rootstime

 
 
 
 

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CD Review: Americana Blues

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Recording artist David Vidal's fourth solo CD, Americana Blues, has just been released on Los Angeles-based WilMac Records. The eleven song compilation, which highlights Vidal's outstanding songwriting skills and acoustic slide guitar work, also includes two instrumentals featuring violinist Dorian Cheah.


Vidal is the former lead singer for Village of Odd Waters and a musical contributor to numerous films, including the classic My Cousin Vinny. His latest audio adventure explores the psyche of America in an understated, poignant and sometimes humorous fashion.


The album starts off with the lines "Here in America, we sit on the floor / We drink from the bottle till there ain't any more.” In the infectious song “I Own Peru”, Vidal sings "I rent the airport to American thieves / They smoke the ganja, chew the coca leaves / I shoot them all when the party is through / It doesn't matter, I own Peru." In the last song on the CD, he states plaintively, "The devil's in the details, he lives between the lines / He keeps the big wheels turning, he's been workin' overtime."


Producer Jaime Fandango has kept the tracks sparse, sometimes featuring acoustic guitar and harmonica, sometimes slide guitar, and at other times a full band, including bassist Bubba MacNealy, drummers Rob Jacobs and Skip Phils, Detroit singing phenom Laura Creamer and Grammy nominated guitarist Larry Treadwell. Strong songwriting defines the production throughout, with occasional forays into the vast musical interior.


The long awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2006 release Nasty Habit, David Vidal's Americana Blues is an impressive outing by the New Mexico born tunesmith.

 

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Tulsa, OK


Something happens when you listen to the music on David Vidal’s new release, “Americana Blues”… the first sparse notes reveal a landscape---far off---and as the songs progress that landscape soon becomes familiar territory. This is music of the Big West and the Deep South sung by a believer. If truth is a word spoken in conviction born out of a lifetime of experience, then Vidal sings the truth. He sings from a street-level heart with no pretense, and he serves it up like good home cookin’ on a summer-time day.


This release is Vidal pared down to the bare essentials, with sparse arrangements that sparkle and moan. Killer slide licks coaxed from his beat up Martin take you right down to Jubilee. Chunky rhythms shuffle and spin and you’d swear you was on the Great Divide. Vidal’s guitar and vocals are recorded so clear that you think that he is sitting right across from you on the back porch, soft wind blowing, moon on the rise.


When Vidal sings in his weathered Southwestern accent, his lyrics are simple, yet profound and resonant. Humor, wisdom, and irony are deftly blended and crafted into the lines. These straight-up tunes cover a broad range of styles and emotions, all forged in the heartland. This blend hits you right in the middle, and it is sure-enough American music---you can spot it a mile away.

Send this music to your Japanese, or British, or Italian friends, just so they’ll know what America really feels like. If you do, when they finally do make it over here, they’ll look around and say, “Yep. Familiar Territory.”


Wendell Peek, Tulsa, Oklahoma

 


CD Review: “World Of Trouble”

The Netherlands


I can’t remember how David Vidal’s first solo album, released in 1999 and entitled Everybody Loves Me But You, ended up in my collection. But I do know that his music was, and still is, totally unpretentious. His style has been shaped by the influences of the deep South and the music of New Orleans, although he grew up in New Mexico and Colorado.


World of Trouble (Vidal’s fifth album, released in 2013) consists of his own material and was recorded live in the studio last year in Laguna Beach, California. David’s candor on this CD has no boundaries. In the song “My Whole World Has Broken Down”, he has damaged someone he loves and is tasting the bitter fruit of that choice. Still, he asks no sympathy from the listener, blaming only himself. Human weakness and the associated downward spiral is often sung about in Blues Music, but Vidal makes the suffering insightful. He pulls off the sack cloth.


The fracture may be fresh, but these sincere songs are the ointment.


-Folk Forum.nl