Guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and steel player Spencer Cullum lead a crew of Nashville’s best instrumentalists to create some of the most lyrical lyric-less music in a generation.
[Steelism] sounds like Duane Eddy, Don Ho, Santo and Johnny, Ennio Morricone, Caitlin Rose and Kraftwerk... The eclectic instrumental score for a cinematic road trip.
...They explore the textural detail of Ventures-style surf, R&B grooves, Hawaiian music and great drifts of country twang... this arresting debut frequently sounds like a series of themes to imaginary spy thrillers.
As it developed, country’s innovators learned from jazz, mixed in flavors from soul, and got a kick from early rock ‘n’ roll. The debut album by the guitar duo Steelism doesn’t simply tap into all of these flavors; it also demonstrates how they blend and complement each other.
Vinyl junkies and other lovers of vintage wares will relish dissecting each track on 615 to FAME, connecting Steelism’s moves to everyone from Ennio Morricone to Duane Eddy to legendary steel guitarist Pete Drake.
...On the reverently and cleverly titled 615 to FAME... they just may have single-handedly reinvented instrumental pop music for a new era.