Cherry Wine was produced by Dave Lombardi along with friend and fellow musician Jim Roll. The recordings took place over three years at Roll's Backseat Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is Dave's second release and though Guardian Muse was a strong first showing, Cherry Wine represents a recording that show Lombardi's continued growth as a musician and more importantly, song writer. Lombardi's atyle is direct, but not obvious. The music is melodic, but not cloying. The layers of melodies and instrumentation make this recording in the same breath full, but stark. Several numbers off of the CD are quite striking and definately worthy of being permenant I-Pod additions. Aside from Dave Lombardi playing multiple instruments throughout the CD, drums are provided by Bob Melville. Bass, background vocals and violin are Jim Roll's contribution in addtion to engineering and recording duties. Several other worthy musicians take part to complete the picture: Sari Brown, Dave Sharp, Ross Huff, Annie Palmer and Tracy Mack. The opening track, If I Die Tomorrow, begins full and round with a poignent chant from a chorus of singers. The chant is interspersed with Lombardi asking questions about his mortality and memory he would leave behind. Layers of additional instrumentaion gradually join in with sporadic piano bits remeniscent of Nick Drake or Van Morrison. In fact, it seems clear that Lombardi draws from these influences, but in no way should this record be considered derivitive or not well thought out. The CD includes fingerpicked melodies (If You Would, Weightless), jazzy tone poems (Syrupy Night), pretty little ballads (522, Turn Around) and raucous blues based numbers (Big Fish, Time For a Change). The recording shifts gears through out, but all comes together cohesively in one fine collection of songs from this talented singer songwriter.