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ALBUM REVIEW: "A Little Luck"

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Maria Gillard and Scott Regan

"A Little Luck"

Self-released

Mariagillard.com

Apparently this has been going on for a while, this sweet collaboration between Maria Gillard and Scott Regan. These two folksters have come together to create "A Little Luck," a plaintive, acoustically-rooted foray into American music. It's bare-bones but not bleak; rare but well done

It's unique but references classics — in my ears, anyway — like "Lines in the Sand" which calls to mind John Prine; or "Jailhouse Baby Jones," which plods with a cool, woozy bluesy narcotic refrain. "Dixie's Lost Creek" has Buddy Miller written all over it. The playing on this CD totally serves the songwriting by leaving vast washes of space in which Gillard and Regan's harmonies lovingly lilt, weaving in and out of their own serpentine melodic fare.

The performance by Gillard and Regan, as well the hired guns in their veteran-laden band — Brian Williams, bass; Steve Piper, guitar; and Perry Cleaveland, mandolin and fiddle — is reserved, somewhat tentative in spots, but packs a heartfelt wallop.

The duo will have a CD release show with The Little Luck Band on Sunday, November 2, at Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point. 4 p.m. $5. lovincup.com.

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