Dust and Lonliness

Dust and Lonliness

If all the young guitarists who had been taught by Wickham were to line up for a performance, they’d probably fill Maple Leaf Gardens. The man’s been playing since the early ’70s, worked with Ian Thomas in the Painted Ladies days, released a couple of singles, and then retreated into his teaching business. Now, all these years later, he went back to Thomas and persuaded him to produce this record. It’s a nice, quiet, understated AC effort with the occasional nod towards country. If you need some better-known names to compare him with, try Jackson Browne or John Hiatt without an edge. The title track is the winner, but all his students will relish a couple of skilful instrumentals. No question: The man can play.