A Production of The Folk Life ( Inc. 1976)
John McLaughlin and Jamie Downs, Editors
CD Reviews: Roots & Wings, (dba The Digital Folk Life. Org)
Bradley Ditto, "Depth of Perception" (Clean Records), www.bradleyditto.com
Bradley Dittos laconic drawl is perfectly suited to delivering the mildly cynical, amused self-parodies or messages No Love is Perfect, She Got Me, Just a Case of Bein Lonely - which stud this mostly light-hearted recording. He is capable of wailin the lovesick blues For Ever It Seems - or just rockin the hell out of the joint, just for because (The Motto Reads), or getting down on his knees (Julie Lee), or getting things all mixed up Youre the One followed by Whos the One - uh, wait a minute - or just layin it down for happy sake Feelin a Feelin Good Feelin or getting real close to his baby and real sad too, fearin shes maybe left him Last Night - or just ticklin those strings an warblin along Catfish.
In other words, a virtuosic performance, just Bradley and his ole guitar, pretty much except for that jews' harp and good ole boys choral yell on the closing cut, Hey (Wake Up), having fun with you like a good ole boy will do. (I keep going back to that great line, You always had such an easy answer, with that lopin percussion, on For Ever It Seems, oh boy).
So I dunno if you can drop that folkie loop around ole Brad, I think hell most likely hop over it, tippin his cowboy hat to ya. The guy he reminds me most of is Jack Williams, Mickey Newburys old traveling partner. If that suits you fine, a little bit country, truckin along music, I think youll like his music. I sure enjoyed it. Thanks, Brad.
(Copyright: John McLaughlin 2/3/2004)