The ever-understated Davey Beige and his collaborators serve up a cruisy course of cool tunes on ‘Beginner’s Mind’.
Inspired by all sorts of good stuff in his life, from meditation practice to enthusiastic music students, the guitarist/singer expresses himself via folk, blues, country and rock.
As you might expect from someone with this range of experience the musicianship is of top quality, and it’s a polished collection of songs.
Lyrics definitely reflect the interest in meditation (Heartbeat) but also his life in music. His Rock’n’roll BBQ sounds like one that a lot of us would love to attend. (“They grill the meaty audience with hits from yesterday.”)
Beige mostly wields a Gibson semi-acoustic and one tasteful guitar solo pops up between blasts of brass on Watching The Waves.
But if you came looking for shredding you’re in the wrong neighbourhood. In this postcode you’ll instead be rewarded with people playing for the good of the song. That includes some great folky mandolin playing from Harry Lyon and bluesy harmonica from Earl Robertson (who contributes drums to most of the album).
It’s an album that rocks in a mellow, Sunday afternoon kind of way. Put away your rage – it’s time to go Beige.