Since I openly and unabashedly consider Muth to be one of the finest singer/songwriters chronicling the decline of the empire, I sure wish this was a six-song ep of original tunes, but alas, the lady wishes to pay homage so who am I to bitch?
So the girl's heart and soulful, Seattle twang belongs to Anna McGarrigle's Heart Like A Wheel and what's so bad about that? All our hearts and voices should. Claunch and Cantrell's I've Been Deceived follows and honestly, who amongst us hasn't been? And surely, Muth's Hank Williams' delivery adds heft to my inquiry. John Prine's resigned Maureen, Maureen will make you recall, in case you forgot to remember, many of the other great songs by our greatest singing ex-mailman.
Produced by Muth in that sparingly country way, the Lost High Rollers—drummer Greg Niles, mandolinist Ethan Lawton, bassist Mike McDermottt, and high flyin', high wailin' guitarist/pedal steelist Dave Harmonson—have never felt or sounded so back room perfect, especially on the lone heartbreak original Walking The Line. Old Gold is a fine mile marker for now, but we who know Zoe Muth's potential want more. Soon!
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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