Bob is a very productive musician (this is his third solo CD along with innumerable other music related project/productions and 10 children), producer and educator who has been plying his trade in the Washington D.C. area for over 40 years. In 2005 he started his own company Bob Couchenour Musical Productions to pursue "opportunities to engage in professional music and guitar related interests. (Guitar Instrumentalist, Band member, Band Leader, Session Musician, Guitar Teacher, Music Theory Teacher as relates to guitar, Music production, Music promotion)". Bob is a self taught player who lists Jerry Garcia, fellow hometown hero Roy Buchanan, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler as his main guitar influences.
There are only four tracks on this 54 minute CD. The first "The Sound – The Search – Primal Longings" clocks in at a staggering 27 minutes! The first half of that becomes however a rather long winded build up of spacey slide guitar over a tribal sort of rhythm track. After the track finally starts cooking (the second half) it is sometimes reminiscent of the softer instrumental side of Wishbone Ash. The other tracks are more uplifting, well produced with understated clean reverbed guitar passages occasionally bringing to mind David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler and more frequently the longer jam style of the Grateful Dead. If you are a fan of alternative country based blues or bluegrass music this CD will be a nice addition to your collection.
1 The Sound - The Search - Primal Longings - 27:03
2 The Sound - Faith In Motion - 10:40
3 After The Flood - 6:26
4 The Sound - Ninety One - 9:24:00