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CW Ayon - channeling the ghosts of the Southwest

Written by Robert Dean on . Posted in Articles - Music

Alot of music crosses my desk. Alot of I ignore, and a lot of it sucks, and it never makes it past the first song. I’ve gotten cd’s, and within seconds, it’s in the trash. But, sometimes amidst the stuff I do like, comes a record I whole-heartedly enjoy, and the experience was pleasure instead of just another review of a band I think people should check out.

CW Ayon’s, Lohmador is the best thing I’ve heard so far in this young 2013. Ayon’s a one man blues machine that’s a little bit old school country, but real big heart and soul blues. Lohmador has some gritty, dirty riffs and some intensely impressive licks that even an old hand straight from the delta would hoot and holler to. There’s a few ghosts of the Jack White school of thought, but that’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s just Ayon’s vocal range. It’s a high and nasally like White’s but the comparison’s stop there. Lohmador is a pleasure to listen to, the slow grooves, and the stories being exorcised are everyman sonnets that would go well with a rotgut bottle of bourbon, and some heartache turned up to 11. Been Waiting is a sultry, sexy track that would get heavy rotations in any jukebox in cities like Memphis, Chicago, New Orleans, cities with soul.

While the blues is the backbone of Ayon’s sound, the tinges of old school country are what make Lohmador such a complete, front to back dire, and important record. If other members of the press get behind CW Ayon, he’d be a musical force. Ayon would be a logical choice for anyone who’s a fan of Lindi Ortega, or The Black Keys, Justin Townes Earle, or just about anyone mired in the current Americana/blues/original country revival that’s currently brewing and bubbling in the underground.

Don’t Want me Around is dancehall filth that a few decades ago would have sent women into fits had it’s diverging, sexy pulse came on the speakers at a packed house party. Shake for Me is a ridiculous, heady foot stomper that's easily one of the best blues tunes to bleed into the concious since The Black Keys started channeling the white boy blues to the mainstream with their tribute act to the music of Junior Kimbrough.

The spirit of Ayon’s New Mexican heritage is omnipresent throughout Lohmador, and the slinky, slanky grooves provide a glimpse into a man whose music worth cherishing. His foray in the obscure should be a thing of the past, CW Ayon should be in every true blues fan’s top 10 list of 2013.

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