The Friends Of Dean Martinez's new album ON THE SHORE is a winner so far. I say so far because I just now put disc two in. Disc one was awfully good. If you haven't heard the Friends here's my best attempt at a discription, lead steel guitar going where no steel guitar has been before. They frequently have a western country sound but not always. Their album RETROGRADE from a few years back sounds like an album of music suitable for movie soundtracks if you ask me. Some cuts they sound like a typical rock group. Sometimes it's not so obvious that a steel guitar is the lead instrument. Sometimes it sounds as though it might be bottleneck guitar, sort'a... Their music is all instrumental. It's for those of us who like to hear people just play. Disc one had covers of WICHITA LINEMAN and the TENNESSEE WALTZ but it was hard hitting at times. The first cut OVERLOAD sounded like TFODM plays King Crimson style. The Friends are very hard to peg. So far disc 2 is pretty good. This is a very recommendable album if you want to hear intresting music that's rather un-mainstream.