This is this singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist's first disc of his own material in three lean years (he released Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream in 2011, however that was a disc of his friend and mentor's songs). He is an eccentric storyteller and his viewpoint seems to reflect the idiosyncratic and seeming randomness of a life lived well and fully. The songs are gritty and stories of a life lived completely outside the constraints of what many consider a normal 9 to 5 life, the life of an artist.
With over a dozen albums to his credit, this well respected Austin musician is perhaps best known as a backing musician for Lucinda Williams and others, however here he has come up with another ten of his own songs that reflect desperation and desire. These soulful songs are punctuated by his exceedingly greasy guitar work and on this disc he has enlisted some of the cream of the crop that Austin has to offer. His friend and longtime drummer Rick Richards is there, as are Ian McLagan, Nick Connolly and Patterson Barrett on B-3, Ray Bonneville handles the harmonica, Gene Elders is on violin and Eliza Gilkyson on harmony vocals. His music is distinctly in that mix that might be called cloudy/muddy/murky as it has no distinctive genre, however, it falls into that mix that is called Americana, made up from bits and pieces of various genres thrown together so that it makes up a rather substantial whole. It is the music that is a throw back to the mix The Band used to put out; diverse by its parts but made into a unifying whole by those that play it.
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