They say that with digital equipment you can get a professional job anywhere. Dancing with the Dust Devils is living proof. Ken (Stringybark McDowell) Terrington and Cheryl (Molly Millions) Firth live in one of the dustier parts of South Australia, and, from the liner notes, this CD was recorded by Stringy “in our Ruddy Shed powered by the sun.”
Stringy is a Geelong original, and a founder of the Sleepy Hollow Blues Club who also recorded the first Bluestone Festival at Inverleigh. His style of blues is raw, unencumbered by any overproduction and often on instruments he has made himself.
Most tracks on the album have been written by Molly and his good self, with an RL Burnside track and one by Trent Reznor. If that name seems familiar, think Nine Inch Nails.
So, the CD itself. The first impression is strikingly clear melody, then Stringy’s instantly recognisable voice come through. There’s also a great instrumental (for want of a better word) track called ‘Peppertree Squeak’ – definitely make sure you hear that one. This CD has some subtler more melodic material. Have a listen to Wild or Hurt. This is a worthy addition to Stringy and Molly’s work. Pick up a copy at Pistol Pete’s on May 10.
Reviewed by John “Dr John” Lamp