The River Flows

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Recorded in 2015 at Atlantis Studios and includes many subsequent live favourites. This album won Age Album of 2016 and every blues award in Victoria. Some stellar guest performances too.

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Recorded in 2015 at Atlantis Studios and includes many subsequent live favourites. This album won The Age Album of 2016 and every blues award in Victoria. Some stellar guest performances too.

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Track list

  • Three Lines Deep
  • Watching Billy Play the Blues
  • Things You Want
  • Penelope
  • I Found You
  • Doc and Rosa Lee
  • Victory Rag
  • Fool’s Gold
  • Buckets of Rain
  • The Bridge

Review

The River Flows

Nick Charles

Black Market Music

4.5 stars

Aside from confirming Nick Charles as one of Australia’s most accomplished acoustic guitar pickers and players per se, The River Flows — a tasteful and thoughtfully sequenced mix of folk, country and blues originals and two covers — is the finest album in a career that has yielded eight solo releases and three duo albums (with Alex Burns). Performing on six and 12-string Aussie-made Matons, a resophonic rhythm guitar and mandolin, the Melburnian receives support from Pete Fidler (dobro and electric lap steel), with assistance from Louis Gill (electric and double bass) and Paul Jonas (violin and vocal backup).

Charles’s left and right-hand work is clean and fluid, especially on eight self-compositions, the pick of which — PenelopeWatching Billy Play the Blues and a piece genuflecting to Doc and Rosa Lee Watson — are as melodically strong as anything he has created in a decorated three decades’ career that has yielded numerous awards, scored a record deal with a prestigious US label and earned touring spots with luminaries including BB King, Taj Mahal, Ralph McTell and Guy Clarke. Covers of a traditional rag (the only solo finger-picked track) and Bob Dylan’s Buckets of Rain underline the artist’s skill as an interpreter. Singing-wise, Charles has never sounded more beguiling. Exuding the pure sounds and ambience of his fastidious old-school approach to recording, The River Flows is an aural treat.

Tony Hillier

(The Australian DECEMBER 19, 2015)

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