New York City guitarist and composer Stew Cutler began his professional career at 19-years old with ZZ Hill. The easy, downhome groove of Hill's blues stuck with the young Cutler and after time away, he carried them back to New York City, refined and polished. Cutler's musical facility was equally refined and polished.
On his present recording, So Many Streams could be a functional metaphor for all of the rich tributaries informing his music. Over 10 songs, Cutler carves carefully crafted musical sculpture. He does this with a relaxed and funky tone that he never overdrives. The simple funk of "Post Time," the adult contemporary of "Not to Worry," and the churchy slide guitar of "The Grindstone" show the different facets of Cutler's talent, both in composition and guitar playing.
"Sparrow in the Kitchen" was co-composed and sung by Jeb Loy Nichols and has an interesting alt-country vib inspired by Dan Fogelberg. Cutler throws off several Brad Paisley licks with ease. "Ardells Theme" is a Dixie Dregs funk vamp. Cutler is most inspired here, filling the spaces with Bob Dylan's "thin, wild mercury sound" heated to boiling. So Many Streams is an exceptional recording by an equally exceptional musician.
Post Time; Not To Worry; The Grindstone; Lizard Skin; Sparrow in the
Kitchen; Ardell’s Theme; Something to Think About; Gonna Find Her;
Feel Your Presence; Put and Little Love in Your Heart.
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