Review Revue: Martin Stephenson and the Daintees – Boat to Bolivia

Martin Stephenson and the Daintees are yet another addition to the long, long list of bands I never would have heard of were it not for trolling the KEXP vinyl stacks for interesting album-cover discussions. Stephenson is also another in the long line of lesser-known artists about whom one might ask “oh yeah, whatever happened to them?,” only to find they’ve been continually plugging away for 30-odd years.

I managed to find Boat to Bolivia on Spotify, so I’m listening to it now. So far it sounds nice and mellow, and perfectly in line with a lot of current KEXP staples. Of course at the time, as you’ll see, there were those who felt college stations should be playing more aggressive music, and they just weren’t having it.

“This is one of the best things (LPs) I’ve heard recently. Skiffle-based folk/country/pop, with more than a tip of the hat to ragtime and the Rev. Gary Davis (1.4) Look around, try any cut.”

“Very subtle, very nice.”

“A wonderfully intimate recording. These guys can play on my street corner any time.”

“Excellent folk + folk-rock – try ‘Running Waters'”

“A real snooze! How is it that records from KEZX’s library keep finding their way into our H bin?”

“Scott, why don’t you take your hard rock + motorcycles to KISW, Seattle’s premier alternative heavy metal station? [Ooooh, snap!]”

“Scott is right.”

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