Bill Aspinwall offers us an album that crosses a number of Texas musical styles including folk, pop and blues. He has brought together a talented set of friends to produce an album that highlights their versatility and creativity including Gibson, the dog and Satchmo, the cat (highlighted in “Mister Crippen’s Banjo”). This is the first of two albums that we will be reviewing that were recorded by Lloyd Daniel at his Songbrush Sound studios near Houston.So begins the Texas Music Journal of Bill Aspinwall's new solo endeavor, "Free Range Trout."
Aspinwall was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, but has been a traveler most of his life, having lived in Ohio, Illinois, California, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Now residing in Austin and Houston, his music is a corollary to the historical development of Texas music. He combines the experiences of many places and different musical styles to express a musical statement that is truly his own.
Bill is my brother-in-law so forgive me if I'm a little biased in my opinion ... but the Houston music scene agreed when they gave him the 2005 Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year awards.
I wrote my own review of his new CD a few weeks ago ... Aspinwall & Friends ... Houston acoustic music at its best. If you like the laid-back musical style of James Taylor and the story-telling style of Jimmy Buffet, you will like "Free Range Trout" in which Mr. Aspinwall calls on family and friends to join him on a pleasant musical ride.
Read the Texas Music Journal review ... read my review ... and then listen. I think you'll be pleased.