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Mike Therieau

Living from a Suitcase

Channeling the ghosts of Muscle Shoals, Mike Therieau makes an impressive debut.
Channeling the ghosts of Muscle Shoals, Mike Therieau makes an impressive debut.
The most exciting moments of Mike Therieau's debut collection come when the Oakland-based singer -- a vet of The Loved Ones and Dave Gleason's Wasted Days -- channels the ghosts of Muscle Shoals and goes for the throat. On the opener, a Saturday-night number called "Wear You Off My Mind," Therieau tears loose in the final chorus, his voice fraying at the edges of the tune's hard-luck sentiment. The songs that follow draw from the same well of country-touched '70s soul and rock (think white genre blenders like Eddie Hinton, Delbert McClinton and early Seger), but Therieau sounds most at home strutting to a mid-tempo grind. With the sweaty howl of "Midnight Apt. #9 Blues" and falsetto confession of "I'm Sorry," Therieau's all guts. And by the time the record spins out to the wail of "Creeping Round," he proves to be more than a diligent student of the classics that have inspired him; he's pretty damn inspiring himself.
 
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