Talk Real Slow

by Shoeshine Blue

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A bedroom blues opera, all lovingly homecooked on cassette 4 track.

“Encountering Shoeshine Blue for the first time is like fiddling with the radio dial while driving through the heartland of America……’Talk Real Slow’ and the band’s 2004 EP ‘Sometimes Through The Static’ are homespun amalgamations of restless living room folk and hot-blooded blues.”
-Anika Sabin (Willamette Week)

“The rootsy tunes of Shoeshine Blue sound as timeless as the best and most authentic Americana, featuring grave digging acoustic guitar, rail-yard harmonica, loping upright bass, Whiskeytown harmonies, and some mournful violin playing from drummer Shaw McLain. However, the lyrics of native Missourian Michael Apinyakul are fully immersed in the here and now. In a cautious Willy Vlautin-like murmer, he mentions crummy jobs, digital zeros and ones, meth labs, and Portland bus routes, in songs that deal with fragility and frustration of connecting with other human beings.”
-Ned Lannamann (Portland Mercury)

“It is this mindset, the need for personal touch that makes Shoeshine Blue the undiscovered gem that he is. A rare find, the homespun singer-songwriter that writes beyond his experience, sounding like a seasoned vet that has a long list of recording credits rather than an up-and-comer poised to break…”
-Alex Steininger (In Music We Trust)

“This album (Sometime Through The Static) is damn awsome. I keep finding myself putting it in, because it’s an album that just gets better and better. A beautiful mix of folk, rock, and blues…The music is dynamic and well written. The only thing that sucks is that it’s only six songs long.”
-Music Liberation Project

“Shoeshine Blue delivers a strong contender for local ‘record of the year’ with the release of ‘Howl At The Wooden Moon’. At times if feels like you’re eavesdropping on two former lovers languidly catching up late at night over a bottle of whiskey after a friend’s funeral.”
-Barbara Mitchell, Portland Tribune

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released May 25, 2007

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Shoeshine Blue Portland, Oregon

Lo-fi, literary, blues, folk, gospel, and weirdly doo wop. Shoeshine Blue is songwriter, Michael Apinyakul, and a talented ship of pirates who follow him into the great sea of song. Soulful folk for soulful folks.

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