Clarence Bucaro is not a musical icon, and I am sure he does not really care if he ever does attain those lofty heights. He is a purebred entertainer of American folk tales with the spirit of great poets, musicians and artists permeating the very life force of his soul. I imagine many people around the U.S. feel the same as I do.... his music creates visions of great stories and images. He does it all on his new CD "Sweet Corn," with sharp wit and humor lyrically and down to earth goodness musically.
The styles he plays and sings range from blues and American folk traditional (John the Revelator) to New Orleans style on-the-corner-of-the-street jazz ‘n blues (Crazy Down in New Orleans). He leaves no stone unturned, covering the gamut of styles that a person possibly could on an acoustic six-string guitar in one recording session. On the opener "Gardens of Love", I got a tap on the shoulder from Ricky Nelson’s ghost; it reminded me of his song "Garden Party." Many people, places and things came to mind while enjoying this superb presentation of musical enchantments and artistic expressions.
When Bucaro sings for the first time to you, you will find instant identification with his music and then become captivated with his natural approach and demeanor in each song. When you see him on the cover of the CD, you will be even more surprised. He looks like the clean cut "Beaver Cleaver" white-boy-kid-next-door (no insult intended) and sounds like a seasoned juke joint black bluesman. This is proof that you cannot judge a book by its cover; you must read the pages in between to get a true assessment of what is inside. This gent did his homework before he decided to record this kind of music, you can tell he paid his dues and earned his chops from a lot of sweat and hard work.
Where else can you get a CD that features washtub bass as an instrument? This is some down home cookin’ with all the trimmins’ folks. If you are fond of the blues, folk, traditional or roots music, you will be in hog heaven listening to this boy strum his guitar and sing a song. I can picture Andy Griffith playing his Sheriff Taylor character shaking his head and saying -Ummm, yes sir, this is mighty fine music, mighty fine.