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THE ECHO HUNTERS Cabin Fever (2009)

Echo Hunters

Originally released in 2007, but given a fresh lick of paint for a brief UK summer tour, Cabin Fever is The Echo Hunters tricky second album. Remarkable for a band who've been together for over 20 years. But then, they didn't release their debut album - 20 Years - until 2003.

Montreal based, The Echo Hunters have gained a loyal and devoted Canadian following playing their blend of blues and country rooted folk-rock and it's not difficult to see why with a resurgence in popularity in the likes of Neil Young (surely the pick of the bunch at this year's Glastonbury?), and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Their influences shine through on an album that equally tips its hat towards early day Eagles.

The band are based around the writing and performing team of Larry Cassini on vocals and lead guitars; Gordon Fleming on lead vocals, 12-string guitar and harmonica, Kirk Fontaine on vocals, mandolin and guitar and Alec McElcheran on bass, with Rob Couture on percussion, with; Sylvain Dancausse on violin, although the UK touring band will feature a truncated line-up.

The album opens with a couple of gems - the haunting Walking Home and Crumbling Into Rust set the tone for a collection of songs that should go down a storm on the UK folk circuit (and beyond). Also worthy of note, Second Chance, a jam reminiscent of Cinnamon Girl era Neil Young.


Review by Pete Whalley

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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