Justin Roth,
(independent, 2003)

The silver voice of Justin Roth is just as provocative as his guitar accompaniment. His poetic song lyrics combined with the finesse of his guitar picking add up to a successful CD called Shine. Two guitar solos and the body of songs on the CD are more than enough to discern that he's a singer-songwriter-acoustic player to take notice of.

His sensitive "She Dances" and mischievous "Dead Horse Trampoline" are total contrasts in nature, but both are variations on the pleasing rhythms of Roth's voice and guitar. In the first guitar solo, when he plays the "Weaver of Avoca" by Billy McLaughlin, Roth shows he knows how to deliver the goods on that gorgeous tune.

He's received recognition for song writing at numerous festivals including, 2006 New Song Honorable Mention at Mountain Stage New Song Contest; 2005 Best Songs Winner for "Shine" in the Indie Acoustic Project; and 2005 New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival.

With eight very decent songs and two captivating instrumentals, I'd recommend Shine as a sure addition to the shelves of those who like modern folk served up with velvety vocals, incredible guitar structures and atypical but discerning lyrics.

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review by
Virginia MacIsaac

6 December 2008

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