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  • Milwaukee keeps garage rock icon Cartwright busy

    17 Apr 2006, 12:34 by scourtney

    Milwaukee keeps garage rock icon Cartwright busy
    *By Blaine Schultz*

    Greg Cartwright's week beats your month.

    The Asheville, N.C. -- by way of Memphis -- musician was in Milwaukee last week to do production work on the debut album by Brew City band The Goodnight Loving.

    First a bit of background. Cartwright gained underground icon status with The Oblivians and the Compulsive Gamblers, bands whose discographies are a
    wealth of sweaty garage/soul/R&B. Cartwright's current group The Reigning Sound blends timeless pop hooks with country touches and R&B grooves while still veering manic when need be. Not long ago he produced and played with
    The Detroit Cobras.

    On a sunny Sunday afternoon the crowd spills outside the entry door to The Circle A, a cozy Riverwest music hotspot. Cartwright is seated, armed with
    an old Silvertone acoustic guitar strung up lefty. He apologizes and says he's not used to playing solo gigs. "What do you want to hear?" he asks the