Loren Schulte | Stranger In My Kitchen

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Stranger In My Kitchen

by Loren Schulte

Original, quirky, well-crafted songwriting, acoustic fingerstyle guitar-driven, with strong roots in traditional blues.
Genre: Blues: Folk-Blues
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1. Slow Fade To Black
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2. Slow Dance
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3. Never Been To Rome
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4. Stranger In My Kitchen
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5. Pushin' Up Daisies
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6. My Own Two Feet
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7. Hold The Line
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8. Better Than Nothin'
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9. Monkeyshine
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10. Love Don't Show
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11. Boomer's Bar
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12. Eight Mile Hill
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Stranger In my Kitchen” is Loren's second collection of all new original songs following on the success of "No Frills" from 2003. As expected, there's a strong traditional country blues undercurrent running through these tunes, mostly driven by his upbeat fingerstyle acoustic guitar and bluesy mandolin work. But he shows a new side with the introduction of electric guitar on several songs, delivering a screaming slide solo or even fingerpicked rhythm on the Telecaster.

As for the songs themselves, there’s a brand new helping of stories here that poke and probe into the odd ways of people we know (and people we don’t know, but maybe wonder about). His heroes are usually unlikely or unexpected or unworthy, but always interesting. These songs will stay with you and reward repeated listening – you'll seem to hear something new each time.


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S. Calvin Harvey

Stranger In My Kitchen
After hearing Loren live on several occasions, I was thrilled to learn of his CD's! I can't truthfully say that I prefer one over the other, but "Stranger In My Kitchen" does show Loren's growth as a songwriter and instrumentalist. I especially like his use of the mandolin. Great Stuff! I hope he keeps it commin'!

Michael Dixon

Stranger in My Kitchen
This is a great CD; good song writing, vocals, and instrumentation. A good mix of various styles including; finger pickin’ country blues of “Slow Dance”, string band swing “Monkeyshine”. You can hear the influence of early Ry Cooder / rock-a-billy on “Slow Fade to Black” with the finger picked electric guitar twang. “Boomer’s Bar” has a ragtime vibe with the finger picked dobro which sounds somewhere between a banjo and guitar. “Eight-mile Hill” has a progressive country rock sound under pinned with traditional instruments with some electric slide work.

There are songs that tell parts of a story, leaving the listener to fill in gaps with their own imagination, as in “Never Been to Rome” and the almost haunting “Hold the Line”. These are the type of songs that grow on you the more you listen.

The recording and mix is very good and tastefully done. You would never believe it is a solo effort in a home studio. There’s a great mix of acoustic guitar both finger and flat picked, acoustic and electric slide, blues influenced mandolin, and a vocal harmony. “Stranger in My Kitchen” is definitely worth a listen.

John Cross

Stranger in my kitchen
This is my current favorite CD. It hasn't left the CD player in my car for two weeks (when it arrived in the mail) and I don't anticipate it being replaced any time soon. The musicianship is excellent (I wish I could play that well) as well as the lyrics. I've been waiting for this one since I got "No Frills" a couple years ago. It is worth the wait. I highly recommend this one.