CD Review: Roto's Magic Act "Into the Unknown"

On his second album, multi-instrumentalist James “Roto” Rotondi enlists the skills of a handful bassists, including up-and-coming session dude Mike Chiavaro, Joan Osborne bass man Richard Hammond, and New Bohemians/Critters Buggin vet Brad Houser, who bring strong lines and thick tone to Roto’s power-pop meets alt-country sound.
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On his second album, multi-instrumentalist James “Roto” Rotondi enlists the skills of a handful bassists, including up-and-coming session dude Mike Chiavaro, Joan Osborne bass man Richard Hammond, and New Bohemians/Critters Buggin vet Brad Houser, who bring strong lines and thick tone to Roto’s power-pop meets alt-country sound. Highlights include “Circus Clown” and “South,” two great examples of the tight, pocket grooves that fuel Roto’s Southern twang.

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