Tom Pacheco releases another great album By DAVID MALACHOWSKI Reviewer ARTIST: Tom Pacheco ALBUM: “Railroad Rainbows & Talkin’ Blues” (Bare Bones) Local treasure Tom Pacheco, with merely his brother Paul on bass, has another great CD of cinematic stories and vivid characters — a trip through 21-century America, places people and stories, talking blues traditional folk songs A cast of colorful characters emerge from a plastic dashboard Jesus (“Out in the Spooky Country”) to having Hunter Thompson pick him up hitching in (“Riding with Mr. Thompson”) and the timely reminisce of the good-old days of cheap gas (“10 Cent Gas”), Woodstock winters and “Donuts and Deer.” Pacheco’s deep vibrato echoes John Stewarts in “Ship of Light.”
Writing that Pacheco is a local treasure is an understatement of giant proportions. Support this man. Visit www.tompacheco.com. Pacheco performs at the Rosendale Café Saturday. David Malachowski is a guitarist, producer and freelance journalist living in Woodstock. The Freeman seeks CDs by local artists or artists appearing locally for review. Please send all CDs (please no CD-Rs or demo CDs) to Daily Freeman c/o Preview, 79 Hurley Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401.