Thor Platter review…September 28, 2017….
DESTINED–FALLOUT (TAKE TIME)–OPEN UP YOUR HEART–THERE FOR YOU–SINCE I’VE BEEN GONE–GUN SHY–CAPTAIN BLACK–COME HOME–TEAR STAINED EYE–PULLMAN BLUES
Thor Platter now lives in Cleveland, Ohio, but he grew up in Buffalo, NY, and was exposed to the great folk and bluegrass players such as Woody Guthrie, Dylan, and Flatt and Scruggs. Their traditions and music influenced him, as did the sounds of Neil Young, plus Young’s unpretentious, unafraid-to-push-the-envelope style. He continues those traditions with his latest set, “Take Time.” It is ten classic examples of what the genre’ called “Americana” is all about, through thoughtful, clever stories-in-song augmented by his laid-back vocal delivery and use of acoustic instruments throughout. Thor is on lead vocals, guitar, and harp, with backing from Paul Kovac on banjo, guitar, and drums, and Paul Lewis on bass, with all three sharing harmony vocals.
Thor’s ramblin’ soul opens the set, as “when I was young, I thought I was Destined for San Francisco,” but ended up in “dark, snowy Buffalo.” His harp and Paul’s banjo give a Dylan-esque feel to the advice given an old friend, “Open Up Your Heart and let her in,” perhaps before life passes by in the proverbial “blink of an eye.”
A man with too many women who “won’t leave you alone” makes it “hard to come home” to the doting wife of “Gun Shy,” who, in the end, throws in the towel. This one has some mighty fine harmony, as does the set-closer, “Pullman Blues,” a damn good shot of Lester and Earl if ever there was one.
Our favorite was easy. Childhood memories of a fishing trip with dad in “that old truck” and the unmistakable smell of “Captain Black, Royal Blue,” draws you in with a smile, then a sigh, as we realize how precious our time is while here on Earth.
Thor Platter is on a mission to fill the world with “good music to your ears.” So, please, “Take Time” to introduce yourself to his lovable characters and rich musical heritage! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.