Ron Trueman-Border and John Scott Cree
Two songwriter/performers get together to work in areas not normally
their own. The prolific Ron Trueman-Border has a reputation for writing
finely crafted songs which sound as if they've been around for years.
John Scott Cree normally sticks to comedy, on the basis that others do
better the more serious material. Here they reverse roles, with some overlap
and the result is a most interesting and entertaining album. The well-crafted songs share folk themes which combine the funny (shrewish
and domineering women, whingeing, carrots, biking) with the serious (gambling,
teenage and adult anxieties, introspection, war) and the occasional love
song, in a mixture of guitar-based Blues, Folk and even 50s Pop
formats. home your eyes and hear solo performers in clubs or mid-period
Dylan or even Status Quo singing these songs. Acoustic instruments predominate. Guitars, mandoline and harmonica, both
blues-wailing (Weeping willow blues) and straight ahead Dylan blowing
(Don't allow), feature throughout. Ron's subtle slide guitar playing on
many songs is exemplary, notably on "Satisfied (never been)".
Ron and John swap vocal lines, and most songs are enhanced by the harmonies
and backing vocals of their two surprisingly similar and complementary
voices. Buy it. Guess who wrote what (without looking).
Enjoy it. Sing
it. Details from the website:- myweb.tiscali.co.uk/johnscottcree/