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- Thanks Nick Noble of WICN - Again!!!
Nick Noble, host of the legendary "Folk Revival"
show on WICN in Worcester, MA, recently had this to say about
Doug and his music:
"Doug Kwartler brings to the 21st century
the passion and perception of the great 20th century folk
singers like Woody Guthrie and early Bob Dylan. As a songwriter,
he can turn a headline into an anthem ("Hang On Wisonsin",
"Occupy the Street"), celebrate traditional American
values and sacrifice ("Peace for the Heart He Gave"),
paint a "City of New Orleans"-like portrait-in-song
("Silver Meteor"), evoke a feeling of unconditional
love ("Banjo Eyes") and much, much more. As a singer,
he brings to all of these songs and others a memorable style,
certainly unique for today and tomorrow but keeping faith
with the sound and sensibility of yesterday." -- Nick
Noble Host--THE FOLK REVIVAL WICN (Worcester, MA)
05/06/10 - Thanks Nick Noble of WICN!
Nick Noble of WICN's "Folk Revival" 90.5 FM, Worcester,
MA calls Doug's song "Silver Meteor" a "21st
Century City of New Orleans" on his radio show, Thurs.
May 6th, 2010.
Doug's latest record, All Sides, featuring the song "Banjo
Eyes," visit: http://www.cdbaby.com/kwartler3
TRAIN BOOGIE - NOV. 30, 2007 - 4.5 STARS!!
has to be more than a little bit of Rear Admiral David Farragut
in Doug Kwartler. After two well-received earlier recordings,
assembling the third can present a bit of a stumbling block
that a lot of artists stub their creative toes upon. Well,
none of that for Kwartler : what does he do? he takes the
bull by the horns and releases a double disc set. Not recommended
for the faint of heart.
CD, titled Just About to Die , resonates with echoes of Dixieland,
folk, mountain bluegrass, ("Just Walk Away" features
some great fiddle sawin'), and some whimsical moments, as
in "Closest New York Friend". As in his previous
work, Kwartler handles the lion's share of the instrumentation,
with some assistance from a few judiciously chosen sidemen.
Aficionados of Kwartler's more aggressive persona will find
their fix on Strong , the second disc, with its anthemed title
track being a personal favourite. There's definitely more
roll herein, but the same intelligence and detail that has
always marked Kwartler's songwriting is evident in abundance.
There's not a superfluous song to be found.
go Doug, "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead".
- Don Grant, Freighttrainboogie.com
- NOV. '07 - 4 STARS!!
Sides is de uitstekende derde van New Yorker Doug Kwartler.
Die in twee duidelijke helften uiteenvallende opvolger van
het in 2003 boven de doopvont gehouden Halfway House
en het een jaar later op de wereld gezette Silver Meteor
deed ons nog net iets meer naar adem happen dan zijn twee
toch ook al bepaald niet misse voorgangers. In de songs op
Just About To Die, de eerste van de twee CDs,
is Kwartler ondermeer in de weer met elementen ontleend aan
folk, bluegrass, traditionele country en jazz. Op CD 2, het
zijn titel alle eer aandoende Strong, ligt de
nadruk meer op (roots)rock en pop. Men denke daarbij bijvoorbeeld
aan acts als Wilco, Ryan Adams en Josh Ritter. Vooral de wat
rustigere nummers van Kwartler kunnen zich moeiteloos meten
met het betere werk van die veel bekendere namen. We denken
dan bijvoorbeeld aan prachtsongs als de ballades Park
Avenue en Ghosts en het licht bluesy gekleurde
Two Kinds. Maar ook melodieuze rockertjes als
Always Looking Down, Senses Closing In
en Bangor gingen er hier in als zoete koek, hoor.
En dan hadden we het nog niet eens over het rootsy spul op
Just About To Die! Daar valt werkelijk geen enkel
week moment tussen te bekennen! Van het met een snuifje mardi
grass gezegende Banjo Eyes over de country rock
van Just Walk Away en de jazzy trage Closest
New York Friend tot de sfeervolle akoestische Americana
van A Simpler Life, van de even eigenzinnige als
geslaagde Bruce Hornsby-cover On The Western Skyline
over het speels naar bluegrass neigende Honey Brown
of de op een lekker streepje mondharmonica geënte meezinger
Just About To Die tot het melancholische Suzanne,
van de broeierige trage I Made It To Saturday Night
over de alweer zeer zwierige Americana van Charlestown
tot de gevoelsmatig zijn titel helemaal waar makende afsluiter
Lonely Tonight, het zijn stuk voor stuk ijzersterke
nummers. En All Sides verdient alleen al daarom
dan ook absoluut onze aanbeveling.
REVIEWS FOR SILVER METEOR BELOW:
CULTURE PRESS -
- 2005 - Doug Kwartler - Silver Meteor (Hollow Body
Meteor is Doug Kwartlers second solo release and
sticks close to his alternative country roots. Kwartler paints
incredibly vivid pictures of the American landscape, and the
imagery created is rich and meaningful. Lyrics on Come
on City Save My Soul (Wilmington)" create a sense of
mysterious hope such as when you return home after being away
for too long. The songs on Silver Meteor, all written by Kwartler,
are country-breathed and as honest as they are haunting. The
lyrics are fantastic. Show me your bullets and Ill
show you my gun, from I Need Your Darkness is dazzling
in its effectiveness. The playing on Silver Meteor is just
as evolved as the songwriting. Kwartler, who has been playing
guitar since he was 15, does a masterful job escorting the
music through the songs and shows a knack for creating drama
in the music; a pause here and there to allow the piano or
fiddle to come through sets the dramatic tone of the record
without weighing it down. (Lance Looper)
ALTCOUNTRY.NL NAMES SILVER METEOR AS A TOP 10 CD OF 2004!
12/24/04 - Niek De Boer
of AltCountry.nl names Silver Meteor as one
of the Top 10 CD's of 2004! -
Click here for the link. Here's his list below:
Simmons- Last Call. 2. Joe West- South Dakota Hairdo 3. Ron
4. Jeff Finlin-Epinonymous 5. Eliza Gilkyson-Land of Milk
and Honey 6. Nels Andrews-Sunday Shoes
7. JW Roy-Kitchen Table Blues 8. Doug Kwartler - Silver
Meteor 9. Dave McCann-Country Medicine
10. Loomer-Love is a Dull Instrument
4 STARS!! (4 - HORSES)
Doug Kwartler Silver Meteor
(Hollow Body Records 2004)
Monday, Dec. 14, 2004)
by Niek de Boer (Click
here for AltCountry.nl web site)
(Translated by Niek himself to English as best he could)
A year ago (review December 2003) Alt.Country already wrote
promising words about the debut "Halfway House"
of Foundry singer Doug Kwartler. At that time it seemed to
be a solo CD as a mediation for the Foundry record "Give
me a reason to Live" which would be released also.
In the meantime we know after listening Kwartler's second
CD "Silver Meteor" (Hollow Body Records) that we
have to do with a more than talented songwriter who made with
this second a more than good record and surpasses his debut.
With the heavy rockin' opener "Disappear" it starts
all the way and some compare him with Ryan Adams. Kwartlers
special liking for trains is brought in the country song "Silver
Meteor" which he also mentions in the inlay and a fear
of flying is the reason of bringing many hours in Amtrak trains.
Kwartler's voice is not only a good one but he is also an
excellent guitar player. Just as the first record Kwartlers
companion is Michael Leuci who plays drums but also keys and
bass. Beautiful it is when Mark Spencer plays lapsteel in
the "be lost in a reverie" song "82nd Street"
where the melancholy drips off and Kwartler recalls this street
in New York. Or how about "the King", a love song
with beautiful vocals of Alli Collis;
the songs from Doug Kwartler may take longer than five minutes.
Before you know it it's over. With "Beautiful Commotion"
the record is officially finished but with 2 bonus tracks
a second version of "nothing" follows in a beautiful
piano arrangement from Michael Leuci and also a live version
of the rockin' "Mars" of "Halfway House"
together with nice bar sounds. With his fear of flying I fear
we have to do it with his records. At the end of this year
I have to reconsider my year list of best records.
TRAIN BOOGIE.COM -
Doug Kwartler Silver Meteor
(Hollow Body Records 2004)
Monday, Nov. 29, 2004)
by Don Grant (Click
here for FTB web site)
I think that Doug Kwartler is on a roll here. The tapestry
of the Americana landscape that he started to weave in Halfway
House is expanded in this, his second solo outing. This
New Yorker reminds me of John Mellencamp in his country moments,
a bit of early Dylan, (lyrically, not vocally!), and, when
his subject matter is the road and movement, as in the Mex-flavoured
title track, it's an emotional combination of Simon &
Garfunkel's America and Matt Minglewood's Swing
Low Sweet Cadillac. You can't judge a book by its cover,
and you can't judge an artist by the age evidenced by his/her
photograph. Kwartler's depth of perception and knack for getting
inside' the mundane and the everyday amazes me in one
who looks so young. That capacity usually only arrives after
kicking one's ass around the block several times. He has been
compared to Ryan Adams, and on the bonus live track, Mars,
I can see the correlation, but, I think his observations run
a mite deeper than Adams' do. Who says you can't find good
Americana in the megapolitan sprawl of urban America? It's
not a state of geography so much as a state of mind.
Doug Kwartler Silver Meteor
(Hollow Body Records 2004) (Published
Monday, Nov. 22, 2004)
Available: Now. Review by Michael Mee
The message is clear: look out Ryan and co. If there is any
justice then Silver Meteor should do for Doug Kwartler what
Gold did for Ryan Adams and The Art Of Self Destruction did
for Jesse Malin. Whether it catapults Kwartler into the national
limelight may be in the lap of the gods but Silver Meteor
sends out a clear and unequivocal message, there's a new kid
The comparison with Adams and Malin is reinforced by the album's
opening track Disappear, it has the same rock undercurrent
and aggressive attitude that is the trademark of both. Although
this is Kwartler's second solo release, Halfway House being
the first, it has an unsophisticated impatience, more reminiscent
of the debut of a musician in a hurry. Maybe that's as much
to do with his coming from New York, Kwartler is a street
smart performer and his songs have dark places and shady characters.
like Kwartler makes an instant connection, his songs are so
perceptive that there's no barrier to cross to get to the
point, Wilmington is about as up close and personal as it
can get without Kwartler being in your living room. If you
buy into singer songwriters, and for the life of me I can't
imagine why you wouldn't, then tracks like Nothing become
irresistible. Wonderfully gentle guitars mix country and blues
into a melody that allows Kwartler to float the song into
is with the very best, Doug Kwartler is as skilled portraying
the bottomless beauty of I Need Your Darkness or 82nd Street,
or the very much harder Come Tomorrow. The reason for that
is that everything on Silver Meteor is rooted in reality.
Nothing happens because it is contrived or staged, the music
flows naturally and because it's right. There's also a super
little live cameo at the end with a reprise of Nothing and
an extra track Mars. Kwartler on record is a treat, if these
two live tracks are indicative, then he's better when you
can see the whites of his eyes.