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Rob Ickes: Slide City

No one can accuse Ickes, the multi-award-winning dobro player, of being creatively moribund. His dobro swings with fire and desire here, and on Larry Coryell’s “Don’t Give It Up” he stirs up enough dust to shake a house. But “California Blues” is a parody of the worst of the Beach Boys and appears inspired by radio.

Ickes, who jump-started his bluegrass career in northern California more than a decade ago and subsequently moved to Nashville, takes several detours on the ablum, stopping to pay tribute to Miles Davis “New Blues” and Herbie Hancock on “Watermelon Man,” with the latter tune proving to be an excellent vehicle for the rotating cast of musicians.

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