Album review: Garrett Lebeau, Rise To The Grind (Music Road)


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Austin, Texas-style country-meets-soul, with composer/singer Lebeau, a Native American Shoshone tribesman who grew up on a Wyoming reservation, backed by three star sidemen in Roscoe Beck, JJ Johnson and Red Young.

The melancholy slow grooves are samey but delivered with hard-won grace. LeBeau’s voice is too fragile to live up to Al Green but Boz Scaggs is a useful touchstone. The highlight and opener, “Crazy World”, is a killer.