Chris Altmann Que Paso

Chris Altmann Que Paso
Not sure if the term "Australiana" has been coined yet, but there's a wave of roots-based artists from the land Down Under getting exposed in Canada. Altmann has actually relocated here (to Peterborough) and this country rock album shows he's a talent worth welcoming. He has worked with such notables as Mick Thomas (Weddings Parties Anything), Wagons and the Little Stevies. On this, his debut solo CD, he shows he's a skilled multi-instrumentalist (piano, banjo, drums and steel guitar), as well as a robust singer and talented songwriter. Pounding piano and female backing vocals are key ingredients to songs like "Deadly Nightshade" and "All The Things You Do," making his sound more Leon Russell or Jerry Lee than Keith Urban. The raucous "Who Know Where" and "Hard Tac" likely go over a treat in a loud bar. The steel-driven "Love Like This" has a Blue Rodeo/Greg Keelor vibe, while the spirit of Doug Sahm permeates "Muchos Grandes." This is an upbeat and highly entertaining premiere outing. (Ridin' High)