Coastin' Through the Years
'Dick Lewis is among the generation of authentic troubadours influenced by the influx of folk music onto the national scene by the Kinston Trio and Pete Seeger (and the Weavers) in the 1950s. He, like Tom Paxton and Ian Tyson, has developed a distinctive voice as a singer/songwriter. In listening to (Coasting Through The Years), you realize Dick is the peer of these other artists in every way except name recognition. Some of the songs are new; some he's had in his hip pocket for decades. Finally we get to hear them as a body of work from an artist who has devoted his life to song and story. The songs are equal to that level of devotion. Listen to Rodeo with images so palpable you can taste the dust and smell the stable. There's the beautiful a cappella work of praise for his home ground, Rocky Old New England - Dick sings all three parts - and the magisterial masterpiece of the album, Old Sailors Home: a perfect a match of words and music, profound and moving. But, Dick's always had a twinkle in his eye, and you'll hear it in the tongue in cheek of Egotistically Speaking, and the ballad of Rollaway Rosie, who was a real-life denizen of a red lighted section of New Bedford in the early 20th century. She never had it so good. In short, this collection of songs, warm and winning, was a long time in coming, and well worth the wait.' Gerry Dionne.