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Solo Electric

by David Gans

Americana-type songs, ethereal loop jams, sardonic humor.
Genre: Folk: Political
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1. Shove in the Right Direction-> San Rafael Swell
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2. Travelin' Man
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3. Falling Star
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4. Mud Wrestling Jam
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5. Echolalia
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6. Waltzing Across Texas
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7. An American Family
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8. Dawn's Early Light
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9. Honeydew
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10. Hooker River
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11. Labor Day Jam
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12. Like a Dog
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13. Who Will Save Us from the Saved?
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14. Popstar
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Album Notes
David Gans "solo electric"

He's best known for his work with the Grateful Dead, but singer-songwriter David Gans has a voice, a style, and a songbook all his own.

With the aid of a digital recording device called the Loop Station, "solo electric" performer Gans can build his musical accompaniment from a single acoustic guitar to a multi-layered sonic enviroment that sometimes leads to dancing. "He's not just a one-man band, he's the future of singer-songwriting," says Wired Magazine's Steve Silberman. "Some of the most exciting stuff emanating from one guy with a guitar that I've ever seen -- David Gans is the bastard child of Hank Williams, Jackson Browne, and Robert Fripp!"

But it's all in service of the song, he insists. As KPFK's Barry Smolin wrote in the liner notes for Gans's concert DVD Live at the Powerhouse, "In a voice that communicates at once the bliss and the heartache of being alive in the world, David Gans croons like the warmest invitation, like a soulful bear hug, but with a sardonic edge at times and the unmistakably wry gleam of the trickster. Swift with allusions and wordplay yet always heartfelt and real, David doesn't need to hide behind irony. He's not afraid to say 'I love you' and mean it."

More information is available online at www.dgans.com


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Roy Schneider

Lotsa Fun!
Started the day with this album and a big cup of espresso the other morning, and the sun shone on me all day as I chanted the mantra: "Every Kick in the Ass is a Shove in the Right Direction..."

Very enjoyable stuff!

Ken Herrick

Very Nice Effort
A fine effort & as he states in his notes, it is just something he is using to shop himself around with. Personally, I like it even more than his 1st CD because he uses loops etc. to such good effect. Where is his contract?


Authentic, synthetic, 'Merican music, intelligently wrtitten.
Gans writes songs that will appeal to anyone fond of smart lyrics writ with wit and compassion. His style ropes the notes from a solo guitar into a happy constellation of deftly applied electronic effects without ever losing that authentic sound of a man living at the edge of his human fingertips, just playing. Good clean fun. It's 'Merican music. The kid's one of our own.

Chris Jones

An excellent introduction to David Gans' recent work
This is a fine demo of David's recent work, and a showcase for many of his styles and talents. David is one of those artists who lays open his thoughts and reveals himself. He could be making himself vulnerable - and would be if the songs he plays here weren't so strong and so, damn, right on! You get a little bit of everything on this album, apart from acoustic stuff. Enjoy it, it's fun. I love it.