Whispering Pines
(Woodstock Records)


The music Robbie Robertson and The Band recorded during the "Big Pink" years in the ‘60s and ‘70s will live forever, so it’s only fitting that the new CD album from upstate New York based Professor Louie & The Crowmatix should appear on Woodstock Records. The Band’s classic “Whispering Pines” kicks off Professor Louie’s 2009 CD, which is also entitled Whispering Pines. The song was always a misty-eyed, melodic jewel and Prof. Louie’s cover does justice to the original. As mellow as the “Whispering Pines” track is, the CD quickly shifts gears with “Nightime In The Switchin’ Yard,” which just rocks the heck out of this Warren Zevon original. With Professor Louie wailing on vocals and his big Hammond organ sound, the Whispering Pines CD also features key contributions from Miss Marie (backing vocals), Gary Burke (drums), Frank Campbell (bass) and Josh Colow (guitar). Also on hand are a range of special guests, including a number of horn players adding tasteful brass, the Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra, The Prague Radio Symphony & Kuhn Choir (on track ten “Melody Of Peace”) as well as bona fide Woodstock legend, the great Artie Traum (here on acoustic guitar). A number of originals grace the CD as well as a live cover of Dylan’s “Serve Somebody,” back in the studio for a cover Leonard Cohen’s “In My Secret Life,” and another Band cover, “The Weight” (performed live at the New York State Museum’s “Spirit Of the Woodstock Generation” concert series). Music lovers who miss or even missed out on the golden years of The Band, and late great Woodstock music giants like Richard Manuel and Rick Danko, will totally dig the Americana roots rock groove of Professor Louie’s Whispering Pines CD. /


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