Shaky Ground (Wagon Wheel, 1999)
Reviewed by Brian Baker
Rick Shea's sophomore album stands as one of the few examples of just such an occurrence. Shea, a frequent stage presence as touring guitarist with Dave Alvin's Guilty Men, has followed up his well-received debut, "The Buffalo Show," with a rare and fine example of authentic Southern California country music.
Shea wears his Merle Haggard/Wynn Stewart influence like a comfortable set of clothes rather than a trendy and gaudy tattoo, his whisky-smooth baritone delivering the vocal goods while his guitar passages reflect both his love of country's past and his respect for its future. Like the best of country music's practitioners, Shea tells a good story ("Against My Better Judgment," "Guns That Blaze Like Thunder") and while the telling isn't always perfect, it's always appropriate. (20001 West Alameda, Burbank, CA 91506)
CDs by Rick Shea
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