Greg Cartwrights Live At Goner 

click to enlarge Live at Goner Records 6.26.05
  • Live at Goner Records 6.26.05

Recorded "on a rainy afternoon in June" following a Saturday night at the Buccaneer, this doesn't have the sweat or explosiveness that the previous night's show surely did, but that's okay, because Memphis expat Greg Cartwright is a pretty great Sunday-afternoon songwriter, one whose soulful voice and savant-like way with vintage-sounding hooks works just as well with the volume turned down a little.

Cartwright and band overcome minor electrocution to deliver a rousing set highlighted by solo chestnut, "Bad Man," and a Carl Perkins cover.

Live at Goner had a brief life as a charity CD-R in 2005 and then got an official vinyl release in early 2006. This is its first official CD release. Cartwright completists now have no excuses. ("Bad Man," "Tennessee," "Carol") — CH

Grade: A-

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