HGR CD Review: Eli the Hawk

ELI THE HAWK – FABLES IN TIME (no label) Armed with 12- and six-string guitars, slide guitar, harmonica, tin whistle and percussion, Easton-based singer/songwriter Eli the Hawk takes listeners on a relaxing one-man folk, blues and Americana journey on his 15-song album, Fables in Time. His base sound blurs the line between traditional folk and delta blues, as Eli croons odes on a wide range of subjects, from picturesque travelogues to Wild West legends to wild game recipes. Eli’s strings provide the backbone, with his heartfelt harmonica wail providing color commentary to paint the sonic picture. Equally heartfelt is Eli’s singing, which ranges from playful yodeling to woeful wailing to tranquil tones, often all within the course of the same song. Listeners can sense the raw passion in Eli’s voice as he celebrates the wonder of life on “O to Be Born,” recovers from emotional hurt on “Pain Is Gone,” grows wary of urban crime on “Sirens,” and laments on “After the Battle.” He enjoys the comfort of a “Lazy Tuesday” to start the album, savors backwoods cooking on “Carve that Opossum,” and celebrates a femme frontier bandit on “The Legend of Belle Starr.” Eli’s arrangements are simple and to the point; his strings and harmonica are ever-present, with his other instruments entering in and out of the mix to keep the sound fresh throughout the set. The recording is basic, with Eli’s voice and instruments doing the talking with minimal studio bells and whistles. Fables in Time takes listeners into Eli the Hawk’s world to experience his distinctive personality, inspirations and motivations. It is a colorful offering that fans of folk, blues and Americana should savor. (The CD can be obtained through Eli the Hawk’s Reverbnation website, www.reverbnation.com/elithehawk.)