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Released: June 10, 2003

Rating: 3.500 (average of 3 ratings)

Genre: roots rock

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Album Tracks:

  1. Life Can Turn [3:18]
  2. Call a Wrecker [2:44]
  3. She Don’t Love Me [3:01]
  4. Broken Down [1:56]
  5. Stolen the Moon [1:58]
  6. Jan Vermeer [2:33]
  7. Just Another Joe [2:48]
  8. The Day We Hung Up the Flag [3:11]
  9. Just Leaving [2:48]
  10. Punching Bag [3:17]
  11. Proof [3:38]
  12. J-Walkers [2:14]
  13. The Beginner [6:17]

All songs written by Bob Walkenhorst.

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Singles/Hit Songs:

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The Beginner
Bob Walkenhorst
“The debut solo release from the lead vocalist/primary songwriter of The Rainmakers. The Beginner, features Bob Walkenhorst paring down his signature elemental song arrangements to a skeletal acoustic guitar, bass, and drums, most often played by his one-man-band. Harmonica is the lead instrument of choice on this release with the notable exception of a honking sax solo on Jan Vermeer, and a lead guitar solo on the J-Walkers. Vocal harmonies appear on only one song, Just Leaving. From the sparse instrumentation to the early-60's style extreme-stereo production, the overall sound of The Beginner is as much about what has NOT been recorded, as it is about what you do hear.” AZ

“The humor and irony that have been the trademarks of Walkenhorst's songwriting in The Rainmakers are abundant on The Beginner. However, rather than being applied to social and political subjects, Walkenhorst's new songs are about more universal themes of love, work, patriotism, age, and escape. The dense opinionated word avalanche of his Rainmakers songs has been refined and reduced to choice phrases, delivered with a lighter touch and a stronger sense of melody.” AZ

“Like Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, The Beginner is Bob Walkenhorst's love letter to rock n’ roll. Echoes of garage bands learning Beatles songs, lonely boys in rooms with acoustic guitars, two minute blasts of youth coming from a blown car-radio speaker, are caught in an over-the-shoulder backwards glance at, not only where he has been, but where he is coming from.” AZ

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previous album: The Rainmakers: Skin (1997) The Rainmakers’ DMDB page next album: Bob Walkenhorst & Steve Porter: No Abandon (2009)

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Last updated March 11, 2011.