Road to Bodie
'28 short-guitar driven instrumental tracks that brood but provide enough light that the cumulative effect is uplifting, 'The Road To Bodie' is the soundtrack to whatever is on your mind at the moment you are listening. That gives this set an approachability and easy but epic feel. Little Muddy's simple tunes include shades of Americana, blues, and ambient, and each track give you something to chew on. What easily could have been bogged down in repetition or padding is instead a truly deep listen. There are two versions of several songs-'It's Up Above Us Now,' 'I Had To Leave At 3A.M,' 'We Found It In 1947,' 'Fall Leaves With Murder'-that can stand as centerpieces for the collection. By letting the listener into the construction of certain songs, Little Muddy implies that all of these songs are in various stages of development, subject to change, whim, and a deeper understanding of the song. The use of slide, electric and acoustic, helps 'Rural Route 4,' 'There's Too Much Radiation Outside' and, among others, '3 Days After Annihilation' sound traditional and experimental at once. 'The Road To Bodie' shows once again how the Blues are timeless, and even ambient noise builds off of it's legacy. So this is noir-ish roots music with a cinematic eye for the larger picture. Little Muddy makes short brave statements that blend visual and sonic touchstones into a dreamy, rough-edge mix.' -Music Emissions May 2008 '...such knowledge, though, goes nowhere near describing the audio experience of The Road to Bodie. Imagine, if you will, the spoken word bits on Richmond Fontaine's 'Post To Wire' and reinvent them in your mind as musical pieces. These aren't songs in any sensible definition of the word but 'interludes' set to music, each looking perhaps for a visual home or accompaniment. It's no surprise to learn that the band's music has been used on several soundtracks, or that the press release slips in a word or two about being available for hire (presumably aimed at film and TV producers). The feel is undeniably 'western/americana' - there are lots of guitars -acoustic/slide/resonator/electric - but each is used incredibly sparsely... ...As stated, this record is pretty much like a shop window for those looking for someone to soundtrack their movie, but it can be listened to in it's own right; the lack of vocals sends one to the record sleeve to hunt down the names of the tracks, and it's here that one begins to compose ones own story to try and tie the music together. A cursory glance at those titles (examples: "It's Up Above Us Now", "I Have To Leave At Three a.m.", "There's Still Too Much Radiation Outside", "Fall Leaves With Murder") should tell you the kind of territory to go down.' Americana UK, March 2008 'These are brief and provocative cinematic soundscapes certain to please some, but also to puzzle some listeners. 28 tracks in all, each is mysterious and evanescent, 13 of the tracks each clocking in at under 60 seconds. By so doing, Little Muddy generates serious suspense, and an atmosphere both spooky and moving. Indie filmmakers needing a soundtrack, take note.' Minor 7th, April 2008 With a combination of evocative and rocking original instrumentals, and great interpretations of classic movie themes, R+B, country and rock classics, Little Muddy has forged a unique niche in instrumental roots-music. Starting with the first CD release in 1999 entitled Little Muddy, through 2003's Mayan Mud, and continuing with 2008's The Road to Bodie; a collection of solo instrumentals ready for film, tv, and commercial licensing, the band has contributed music to the soundtracks of Camerado film productions: the award winning documentary Book Wars, and the recently released Susan Hero. Guitarist and founder Rich Goldstein has been a part of the Bay Area's music scene since 1990. Having spent his early years in rural southern Illinois, he was exposed to the best music of the 50's, 60's, and 70's, especially the country music of the day. The daily bus ride home on gravel roads was often accompanied to whatever was playing on driver's Bud Hiller or Norris Haglers 8-track player.
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