Chris Bottomley performs at his CD release party tonight (Thursday, June 19), 10 pm, at B-Side (129 Peter), above Fez Batik Rating: NNN
Chris Bottomley's latest combines every style short of classical to come up with the sweet summery sound that vodka coolers were invented for. Well-known local musicians Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith), Perry White (Shuffle Demons) and Ken Myhr (Jane Siberry/ Cowboy Junkies) round out the band. Heavy on reggae, Latin and percussion, this album is never short on variety. Bottomley is a bassist first, so the songs are rooted in a groovy rhythm that never lets the melody or the lyrics stray too far. It's for people who are sick of the spaced-out trust-fund brats at Dave Matthews shows but who haven't yet figured out Pat Metheny.