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Michael Leonard Witham - A Scandal in the Violets

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Listening to Michael Leonard Witham is a little like editing out all the high-powered electric guitar workouts from a Jack White or White Stripes album because A Scandal in the Violets features Witham primarily singing heartfelt ballads and mid-tempo numbers. However, he also performs these songs quite well.

You can also hear a Bob Dylan influence the smartness of the lyrics on songs like "The Good doctor's Double Vodka Blues." There is a little blues in Witham does, but not the loud Chicago variety that oftentimes fuels White. Witham also knows how to play the cowboy well, which he does during the two-stepping "Last Plea to Ashley Ann." The latter, however, reveals a little weakness in Witham's singing voice, which really sounds strained here. Perhaps his voice was just worn out when he recorded this one, so we'll give him the benefit of a doubt.

Witham's greatest skill is not singing, though, but storytelling. He has a way of drawing you into his musical scenarios that his irresistible. Storytelling is quickly becoming a lost art in contemporary music, and that leaves Witham one of the treasured endangered species.

Michael Leonard Witham - A Scandal in the Violets
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