The Humble Beginnings Of A Rovin' Soul
6'10 is the folk/bluegrass incarnation of Tobin Bawinkel, frontman for Celtic punkers, Flatfoot 56. Compared to the hectic sounds of that outfit, this is a more heartfelt and emotional journey against the backdrop of ukulele, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and snare-brushed rhythms. Bawinkel speaks on the inspiration for this album: "There is nothing as vulnerable as a punk lead singer having to give up his distortion and volume to be laid bare in front of a crowd with just his wit and raw guitar playing. I wanted to revisit sounds from my childhood and return to simpler culture, one without pretension. The album has an overall theme of travel and journeying. Since I pretty much have lived the majority of my life on the road, this topic has a lot of symbolism for me." Bawinkel and his company of three fellow band members are currently a part of the Smithwicks Pub Rock Sessions tour.