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The wait is over; Ralston CD hits the street

By: By Bill Charles

Date Posted: 2010-10-14

Friday’s a big day for musician-singer David Ralston, who’s “A Woman That Loves Me” CD title track makes its way onto ITUNES, two weeks before he presents the album to Okinawa fans.

“My new CD is by far the most rock-oriented to date for me,” says the Massachusetts-turned-Okinawan musician of the new CD, and he’s right. The best part is that he’s done it in a way that lets him infuse his unique blues style on many of the 12 tracks on the “A Woman That Loves Me” album recorded at his home-state Hedgehog West Studios in Massachusetts over the summer.

The band is the same as the Duke Robillard Sessions, Ralston explains, kicking back as he says “we really found our sound I think on this CD, and the performances are very cool.” Aside from the music, Ralston praised the craftsmanship of Joe Andes, responsible for imagery and photography.

Ralston will unveil his latest creation at a Conjugal Carnival CD Release Show at Wago Family Land on October 30th. “The party is a CD release show and will be a costume thing for the fans,” says Ralston. “It’s more of the same with the Rope Show and Acrobats, along with dancers and more… a real carnival” he smiles, adding “the last show was the most fun I’ve had on stage and the response was tremendous.” This month’s shop stopper features Rockstar & Skanks, Shion the S&M Dominatrix, and a costume contest. Doors open at Wago Family Land in Okinawa City at 7:30 p.m., and Ralston says he’s fired up for the 8 p.m. performance.

Toes begin tapping with the title track, and rarely stop through the hour’s worth of music. Often called a “hell slide guitarist,” Ralston’s use of the strings is particularly strong on “Open Up the Door To Love” and title track “A Woman That Loves Me”. The comfortable feeling of classic Ralston is evident on blues oriented numbers “Coming Home” and “Pour Down Like Rain.” Perhaps the most catchy tune on the CD is the old-time rock tempo “I Love You Anyway”, but the unique vocal styling Ralston’s perfected over the years comes through best on “The Other Side of the Tracks”.

The new CD is debuted during the show, and is available for sale. “We also have a DVD in the works that will include music videos and other Carnival activities,” says Ralston. “I could not be happier with the whole package.” Tickets for the Conjugal Carnival show are on sale for ¥3,500, and includes one drink.

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