· DIRTY DAVE OSTI - Burning Down The Dirtshack (GYR083) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. GET YOUR GUN
02. RE-RUN
03. DIRTSHACK
04. FIRST DEGREE
05. SHE'S A NATURAL
06. BROKEN MAN
07. BLUES DON'T LIE
08. FREEDOM FIGHT
09. BALL AND CHAIN
10. PILE OF GOLD
11. MIDNIGHT RIDER


FORMAT: Audio CD / Digipack
GYR083 - $13.99

Killer 2nd studio disc by this excellent blues/rock axeslinger from California featuring 11 tracks of awesome, brain-damaging, hard-hitting, dynamic, blues-based, retro-70s, heavy guitar power trio mojo that will rock your good jam:house into the dirt floor. Diggin' deep on the riffage that matters with full-tilt Stratocasters blazing in the midnight sun, Dirty Dave Osti gets down on his axe, rips it hard and sets the six string dirtshack on fire. A fierce and powerful essential modern day "old school" bluesy heavy guitar rocker that is Highly recommended to fans of Hendrix, Trower, ZZ Top & Johnny Winter.


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01. GET YOUR GUN
02. RE-RUN
03. DIRTSHACK
04. FIRST DEGREE
05. SHE'S A NATURAL
06. BROKEN MAN
07. BLUES DON'T LIE
08. FREEDOM FIGHT
09. BALL AND CHAIN
10. PILE OF GOLD
11. MIDNIGHT RIDER

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· reviews ·

Burning Down the Dirtshack by Dirty Dave Osti is at its core an old school southern rock album. While for many that conjures up images of Lynyrd Skynrd, the Allman Brothers, long haired outlaws, beer drinking, Nascar, bikers, and youthful hell raising rebellion, don’t let that old stereotype push you away. Recently artists like Metallica, Shinedown, even Kid Rock have been paying tribute to that style of music by covering classic southern rock tracks. Dirty Dave Osti delivers a complete tribute to the Southern Rock style with an album jammed with 10 original tracks and 1 Allman Brothers cover that is full of blues based guitar pyrotechnics.

From beginning to end Dave’s incendiary playing and gravelly voice fit the style of music that he delivers. His song writing truly showcases his unique style. It starts outs with the patterned aggressive riff of “Get Your Gun” and from there Dave never lets up on the gas through the next two tracks, “Re-Run” and the energetic “Dirtshack.” “Dirtshack” was a can’t miss track from the Grooveyard Best of Volume I review. There’s a reason why it made the best of album. You think things are going to calm down with the acoustic opening notes to “First Degree,” but the rhythm and tone of that song quickly change and the hard charging rock is back. “She’s A Natural” throws a couple of horns into the mix but doesn’t slow down the party at all.

Finally, at the halfway mark Dave slows things down with the contemplative ballad “Broken Man.” Things don’t stay quiet for long though as “Blues Don’t Lie” turns the distorted heavy riff machine back while Dave also displays some slide guitar skills. A little pause on the heavy riff machine for the slightly more melodic “Freedom Flight” and then Dave is back with a little Angus Young influence on “Ball and Chain.” The last original track is “Pile of Gold.” Things get really interesting on the last track though when Dave covers “Midnight Rider.” This starts off with some great acoustic work that sets the tone for the unique take on the Allman Brothers’ classic.

Anyone who is going to pass on this album because of the southern rock reference is missing out on a well-crafted and hard to turn off album of quality blues rock. Many of us fail to understand the debt that modern blues rock owes to those 70s acts. Dave clearly comprehends the connection and Burning Down the Dirtshack delivers something fresh and modern with a decided nod to influences of the past.

The Review: 8.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

- Midnight Rider
- Dirtshack
- Get Your Gun
- Blues Don’t Lie

The Big Hit

- Dirtshack

Kevin O’Rourke - (Blues Rock Review) (November 2012)


The hardest part about reviewing a disc like Dave Osti's "Burning Down The Dirtshack" is pulling yourself away from the music long enough to actually scribble the damn thing. It's that addictive. Dirtshack is one of those rare, unapologetic rock discs that from the moment you drop the needle makes you feel as though you've known it forever, yet it is tantalizingly fresh. From the opening Skynyrd-esque riff of "Get Your Gun" to the final haunting strains of the Allman Brothers' "Midnight Rider" (the only cover on the disc), Osti wields his razor-sharp axe and gritty vocals to the glorious limit.

Osti sets fire to his Strat from the word "go" with a tight guitar/bass riff in machine gun lockstep in "Get Your Gun", then pours more diesel fuel on the flames in the wah-wah heavy "Re-Run". "Dirtshack" is up next, with an evocative Lenny Kravitz-inspired dual-guitar riff in octaves that is impossible to listen to without moving your feet. By the time "First Degree" hits, Osti is already inflicting third-degree burns with a deep modal groove that's reminiscent of early Aerosmith and Allman Brothers. "She's A Natural" is a lyrical jewel with an irrepressible James Brown-meets-Hendrix hook that will put a big smile on your face. By the midpoint, Osti has stepped away from the conflagration to slide a few marshmallows on his stick with the introspective and hypnotic "Broken Man".

"Blues Don't Lie" throws a heap of coal back on the fire with a Zeppelin-heavy blues rock grind that brings the Dirtshack literally to its flashpoint. By the time the fire department shows up, Osti's into more pyrotechnic hooligans with "Freedom Fight". Flames licking at the sky, Osti and his groove rhythm section are burning down the house - the outro solo on "Freedom" being a singular work of art. Then just when you think the temperature can't go any higher, Osti pulls "Ball And Chain" out of his hat with a heavy, heart-wrenching syncopated pocket that takes on darker shades of AC/DC.

Ever the showman, Osti then uncorks "Pile Of Gold", an up-tempo jump blues that empties the seats and puts everybody on the dance floor. Too bad, because the fire marshal just showed up, and he looks pissed! You will be humming this guitar hook for days. On the final cut, Osti shows us his sensitive side with a fresh twist on the Allman Brothers' "Midnight Rider". As the last glowing embers of the dirtshack begin to cool against the backdrop of Osti's whiskey-soaked vocals, you'll find yourself reaching for the replay button over and over.

Dirtshack is unadulterated blues rock in its purest form. If you're of the similar mind that the music industry basically ate the big one sometime around 1978, Dirtshack could easily be your new soundtrack. It is a crime on its face that Osti has toiled away so long in musical equanimity with no recognition and, in that sense, there is little satisfaction in dancing on the grave of the old music biz. In the end, it doesn't matter: the rock lives on, and it's burning hot in Dave Osti's Dirtshack!

Johnny Hunkins - (Editor - Popular Hot Rodding Magazine) (11.11)


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