Move Over, Eagles
Review by John Marshall; Oregon, corvallis gazette times.
Move over, Eagles.
Corvallis’ own LodeStar is on the loose with its own, just released album. And a most impressive debut album it is--with a tightly produced, professional country rock sound.
It is so professional that it sets you back on first hearing. For this is not a record that carries the unmistakable stamp of being a local group’s attempt to put down a few tunes for it’s loyal fans to listen to. Of the albums recorded by Corvallis-area groups, nothing can really rival LodeStar’s effort, especially when you consider the band has only been together for about one year.
The members of LodeStar are founder Paul Lemoine on lead vocals and rhythm guitars, Gary Nolde on drums and vocals, Don Williams playing guitars, piano, and vocals, Rolf Borchgrevink on bass and vocals, and the vocals and lead guitar magic of Jamie Luck. LodeStar was joined on the project by Sid Beam on fiddle, Paul Katatish on mandolin. All the more amazing than how fine an album this is, is that it was recorded over one weekend at Ripcord Studios in Portland Oregon. LodeStar’s style on this album is a softish country rock with the occasional overtones of country western. It is music that sings of country livin’, dusty roads, and longed for ladies. Highlights of the album include; Blue-eyed Lady, a Joe Walsh-ish pastoral love ballad written and sung by Paul Lemoine, is a song that builds nicely and turns some fine lyrics like, ‘dusty notions, so many wasted motions’. “Back on the Countryside’, written and sung by Don Williams has some nice piano work, and a professional sounding richness to it. ‘Who are You’, written and sung by Gary Nolde, is a testament to the soft-spoken drummers thoughts about life as he sings that ‘it’s not what you sell, how much, or how many, it’s who you are, who are you’. “Jim, Johnny, and Jack’ is as catchy a twist on the drinking song idea as I’ve heard in a long time, and could land the boys on the mainstream Country Western charts. Lemoine’s ‘Silverado’ sounds like some long lost newly discovered song off the Eagles Desperado album. What is most impressive about this LodeStar album is that all of the above songs seem to be of 45 caliber. It is not hard at all to imagine hearing any of these songs on the radio, and, they are the kind of songs that hang with you for days after you listen to the record. Just think how many albums you purchased because you liked a certain song on the album, then found out that it was the only decent song on the record. LodeStar’s album, thank goodness, is not one of those, you won’t bury this record in your stacks, it will remain near or on the top so you can listen to it often. Good job boys, and good luck, from a true fan; John Marshall.