Shane Dwight

Shane Dwight
A Hundred White Lies

R-Tist Records

By Lady K
January 2012

So, Shane Dwight, originally from the West Coast, but now hailing from Nashville,Tennessee, was joined on this terrific album by the band “Dick 50” (otherwise known as Delbert McClinton’s recording and touring band). The musicality came from: Shane Dwight (vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, slide guitar); Kevin McKendree (acoustic guitar and keyboards); Rob McNelley (rhythm guitar, electric slide guitar); Stephen Mackey (bass); Lynn Williams (drums); Mike Henderson (harmonica); the sisters McCrary – Ann, Regina and Alfreda – and Bekka Bramlett (background vocals).

Shane Dwight is an incredibly talented songwriter, and penned 11 of the 12 tracks on A Hundred White Lies; a mixture of multiple musical styles, including funk, blues, rock, R&B, and more. In “Call Me” the first strains of the killer guitar make you sit up and take notice. They revolve around the ups and downs of waiting for that phone to ring: “my heart skips a beat every time the phone rings – call me in the moonlight, call me in the sunshine, call me in the afternoon, don’t ever stop calling,are you calling me?” While waiting for her call, he made some pretty funky, soulful music, with a great guitar solo at the end which shoulda/coulda lasted a whole lot longer; Lady K wouldn’t have complained . . .

A Hundred White Lies is the title tune, and is up-tempo and woeful at the same time; about a deceitful relationship “a hundred white lies and a broken home” and more “didn’t hear the door when the devil came in; cold chill running down his spine.” Lyrics are great and thought-provoking, about a relationship killed by lying. The fast-tempo, rocking tune, “Love’s Last Letter,” bemoans her saying goodbye in a note: “no more morning glory, just a sad story, another sweet thing gone away; he was drunk and passed out when she walked out.” The backup vocals are fantastic on this track.

“She Struts 22” - this swingy, upbeat tune will have you struttin’ right along with“her.” He says “she struts – must have been the devil who taught her so well, or maybe it was me and the evil things I do; she just keep on struttin, now she’s struttin’ all over you.” You’ll be chanting “oh yeah, oh yeah” right along with Shane, AND you’ll feel guilty about wanting to dance because it’s a sad song; but while sympathizing, you’ll still want to get up party to the tune. Ditto with “I’m Talkin to You” – insane guitar stuff going on in this mid-tempo tune (he’s talkin, and not sure if she’s listening).

One of the best tunes on the CD is “Black Ice:” “and her blue eyes did it to you every time – curse the day you ever let her in; she’s bad news – nothing to gain, everything to lose.” “Black Ice” is a rollicking, upbeat, rocking blues tune that begs you to dance and party – and warns you away from love and relationships; while “Broken” is a slow tune, with whining, wailing guitars accompanying the sad, sad lyrics: “broken is what it feels like when love gives up; holdin onto something broken – it slips through my hand like a sharp piece of glass.”

Anyone notice a theme here yet? According to the promo sheet included with this CD, when Shane Dwight’s marriage was falling apart and divorce was in the future, he wrote the songs for A Hundred White Lies. Hopefully the blues-tune writing was cathartic – he came up with some thoughtful words about love, along with some kick-ass guitar, accompanying his vocals. Lady K is sorry that he had to go through the heartbreak, but she’s enjoying the hell out of the music that was born of that heartbreak. Try it, you’ll like it.

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