Alejandro Escovedo La CRUZADA

Alejandro Escovedo
La Cruzada
Yep Roc

A Brave and Successful Spanish Vocal Reworking of 2018’s “The Crossing.”

Originally available as a Record Store Day only release in 2018, the original pressing of Escovedo’s semi-autobiographical tale garnered sufficient interest and sales – reaching the Latin Albums Chart – to merit a full release.
While not exactly a ‘concept album’ La Cruzada/The Crossing:
tells the story of two young immigrants to the U.S., who bond over a mutual love of Punk Rock as they struggle with the racism and discrimination as immigrants, becomes an even more intimate experience.
Although not intended to be autobiographical, the album is, in many ways, the story of Alejandro Escovedo’s own life
.”
Musically and thematically, nothing has changed from the English language release as the original backing tracks have been re-used and overlaid with new Spanish vocals – not all from Escovedo, with the album’s lead vocals mostly delivered by Alex Ruiz (Del Castillo), who recorded Spanish vocals over the original album’s instrumental tracks; plus some guest vocals from Patricia Vonne, Vanessa Del Fierro, and Escovedo himself.
Obviously translating a song from one language to another is never going to be simple; but Alejandro worked with closely withRuiz to keep the original styles and melodies of the songs together.
Vocally, Ruiz’s vocal timbre isn’t too far removed from Escovedo – his slightly deeper, rougher edged tones tend to work well on more the reflective numbers like “Lluvia De Flor De Cerezo” – whereas this reviewer slightly prefers the urgency and energy of Escovedo on the more uptempo numbers like “Sonica USA;” on the English language version of the release.
A favourite vocal performance here though, is the impassioned take on “MC Overload” where Ruiz’s processed vocal complements the stomping “Telegram Sam” rhythms.
Having loved “The Crossing” I found that this release was oddly, both familiar and strange – but then, not being a Spanish speaker, I’m not the primary target audience, I would suspect.
Kudos must go to Escovedo for the bravery in handing over the main vocal chores to Ruiz, making this very much a collaborative project – I can’t speak for Escovedo’s motives in doing this, but by utilising a (presumably) native speaker, this gives the album an artistic credibility both culturally and sonically.
It’s perfectly fitting that an album about cultural crossover and cross-pollination is available in versions that reflect those cultures and their combination.

Review by Nick Barber

Released August 27th 2021
https://www.alejandroescovedo.com/

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Mark Germino MIDNIGHT CARNIVAL

Mark Germino
Midnight Carnival
Red Parlor Records/Proper Records

Everything I Love About Americana Music Wrapped and Rolled In 14 Well Told Stories.

Even if today is the first time you’ve ever encountered our little website, you will surely go from this review to our Home Page; and there you will see why Mark Germino holds a place in not just my heart; but the hearts of all our writers too.
His song Rex Bob Lowenstein has been one of my biggest musical influences; telling me that you can have eclectic musical taste and still be cool.
By the time I actually bought a copy of that CD single in a secondhand store, it was probably 3 or 4 years old; but I still cherish it to this day; and it’s been the first song I’ve played on every radio show/series I’ve done …. as it explains ‘what you are about to receive!’
Anyways; leap forward to today; and finally getting my hands on an album of his has been eye-wateringly exciting after all these years.
My eyes nearly popped out of my head as the accordion rocked my speakers off their stands on opener Travelling Man; and when Mark comes in 30 seconds later I very nearly punched the air ….. yes sir; this is going to be my kinda music!
The song has Friday Night hoedown written all over it; and will give a rye smile when you hear him belting out the chorus;
I met a pretty lady
was the bar room kind
She could hold her liquor
But couldn’t hold mine!”

Although coming from North Carolina; Germino sounds uncannily like Levon Helm; but that’s more likely because he too has a voice that sounds like the man behind it has ‘had a life, well lived’ …. if you know what I mean.
While obviously an acclaimed songwriter in his own rite; Germino also carefully wears his influences on his tattered sleeve; I will leave it for you to guess who I’m talking about on the pathos laden Blessed Are The Ones and The Talking Country-Blues of The Greatest Song Ever Written; which both have the capacity to make your mouth gape wide open the first time you hear them.
#I’d love it for someone to tell me who the female he sings about is; as
She come from the North East Coast of Great Britain
To write the Greatest Song Ever Written
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The observations in his songs are extraordinary; Muddy Spoon in a Sugar Bowl mind-blowingly beautiful and Tennessee Trash Disclosure is another Honky-Tonky dance tune that will eventually catch you unawares and the penny will drop.
As a child one of my favourite Favourite TV shows was Casey Jones; and it was nearly 50 years later on Otis Gibbs’ podcast that I found out he was a real person; and Mark uses his Jones here as a metaphor, on Peace Train (John Luther Jones) and I can’t wait to finally see him live so I too can belt out the chorus without fear of being laughed at!
Being such a quality songwriter Germino manages to change the mood and pace brilliantly; courtesy of the sequencing; seamlessly following the Twangfest of Carolina in the Morning with the deceptively complex Finest American Waltz; then hitting you with the sucker punch; Author of My Journey ……. which is a song just crying out to be covered by Kris Kristofferson or Willie Nelson!
Any or all of these songs; and more could or will be my Favourite Track on another day …. but this morning two particular songs have captured my heart, for very different and very personal reasons (which I won’t go into).
The powerful and possibly introspective, Lightning Doesn’t Always Strike The Tallest Tree is one of those songs that has the capacity to make you go “Wow!” then press repeat…. then repeat …… and again, repeat.
The other is the finale; Until The Fat Man Swings; no more and no less than a cracking and indeed crackling, Country Song about a baseball player in ‘the minor leagues’ that again, may or may not be a metaphorical song, but hey; this is everything I love about Americana Music wrapped and rolled in 4 minutes and 19 gloriously observed minutes …… and Andy Leftwich’s fiddle in the background is rather fabulous too!
On the basis of listening to this single album; why oh why isn’t Mark Germino’s name not mentioned in the same breath as Guy, Townes, Rodney and; of course Townes? He can certainly match them note for note and word for word, that’s for sure ……. but hey; sometime we all need a ‘secret love’ don’t we?
Mark Germino just might be new Musical Secret Love!

Released 6th August 2021
https://www.markgermino.com/

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Tyler and the Train Robbers NON TYPICAL FIND

Tyler and the Train Robbers
Non Typical Find
Self-Release

A Warm and Almost Casual Feel, Belying the Depth of the Lyrics and Quality of the Playing.

Coming out of Boise Idaho this family-based band, like the rest of us, had their plans turned upside down by the pandemic. Having made a living touring and playing live, the Train Robbers; Tyler Ketchum on guitars and lead vocals, his brother Jason Bushman on bass and Johnny “Shoes” Pisano on guitars, found themselves with time on their hands….. lots of it.
When life hands you lemons?
So, Tyler and the Train Robbers took the time to record their third album; only this time, working with songs never tested live; and with the name Tyler and The Train Robbers, you might expect Outlaw Country of the guns, drinking, and chasing ladies kind, however, this LP is closer to Townes Van Zandt and early Steve Earle.
This is Blue-Collar Country, reflective and thoughtful, rather than raucous and rebellious.
From the opening track, the theme is one of change and what it might bring, reflecting the circumstances this LP was created under. 
Equation of Life is a fine opening track with some gorgeous sibling harmonies.
This Town rocking along a straight country line followed by Jenny Lynn, a gentle love song written for Tyler’s wife Jennifer.
Non-typical Find, the title track, is one of those story songs which is based on a true story. A body that was found while out hunting; and the speculation that it was connected to an auto accident months before.
Tyler’s take is again a reflection on choices and circumstances, beautifully rendered with empathy for the victims.  Lemonade, with a banjo break and a slight Bluegrass feel, tells of prison and regret.
Like most of the songs on this LP it’s an optimistic take;
“Stuck here doing time until time can only tell
I’ll throw my worries to the wintertime until wintertime is gone
Then I’ll find some sweetened water for to pour these lemons on.”

The aforementioned Jennifer joins the band for These Eyes,  adding harmonies and the track has a ‘jam’ feel, with licks and solos scattered through as the whole thing comes together.
The final track, Silver Line is the most directly about the ‘new normal, learning to find new ways to do old things’.

One can always find a silver line
sometimes it takes a second look
You can sync your mind into a better life
Bait your hook or cast out your best plug
Sit there and ponder on why
They might bite better if you use a fly |
Try not to think about when
Or if things will ever get back to the way they’ve been.”


Good advice indeed. 

Non-Typical Find is one of those albums that grows with each listen; its warm and almost casual feel belying the depth of the lyrics and quality of the playing. 

Review by Tom Gleeson aka Rathmacan https://thatgotmethinkingblog.wordpress.com/

Released July 9th 2021
https://www.tylorandthetrainrobbers.com/

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Roger Chapman LIFE IN THE POND

Roger Chapman
Life in the Pond
Ruf Records

Still Fearless and Providing Family Entertainment From Somewhere Downtown, Americana.

The adage ‘legendary’ is well over used when it comes to reviewing anything by an act over 40 years old these days; but how else to describe Roger Chapman; one of the British forefathers of Rock and indeed; Prog in his days with The Family?
While not as prolific these days; he’s never stopped touring and recording in the near half century since that band split; and in my humble opinion has never stopped being at the very least ‘interesting’.
WOW!
Opening track Dark Side of The Stairs is a rather sensuous and sleazy late night New Orleansy type stomp (or should that be Romp?). There sure ain’t nothing wrong with ‘that voice’ that’s for sure; and Roger sounds as salacious as ever if a little bit ragged around the edges ….. but then again; didn’t he always?
Like anyone and everyone with a scrap of common sense these days, our man is using his well used and very distinctive voice to his best advantage; slowing things down and dipping his toe into the Americana pond throughout; with that ‘knowing’ snarl and growl at it’s glorious best on Nightmare #5 and After The Rain which both may or may not be a man’s thoughts on the aging process ….. or just crinkly love songs …. who knows?
Because the title is slightly different from the versions I recognise, Snake took me not just by surprise but a few minutes for the penny to drop. Al Wilson’s Northern Soul floor filler, The Snake gets slowed down to now become a dirty ole Blues song, that sounds like it was recorded on a Friday night in a run down Honky Tonk on the bad side of town.
Obviously Roger can’t still do what he did in the 70’s; but he can still ‘Rock the House’ better than most folk his age; give Collar Turned Up and The Playtime is Over to hear what I’m talking about ……. and Sir Rodney Stewart should take note; you really can still be an authentic Rocker at this age, if you know what you’re doing ….. and Roger Chapman does!
There ain’t no filler here by the way; every song is well worth it’s place; but there are a couple that show Roger Chapman still has a twinkle in his eye and an eye for a great song; with Rabbit Got a Gun being a primo example and that harmonica blast ain’t too shabby wither.
I’m simply adoring the slow and romantic On Lavender Heights which I wasn’t expecting at all; but then again I too am still a silly old romantic at my age.
Having Us a Honeymoon, courtesy of the rinky-dinky piano and Cajun fiddler is another bit of a New Orleansy Romp; with more than a nod to the good Doctor but so many others in that vein too ……. perfect for a Saturday night BBQ.
Which brings me to the album closer and my Favourite Song on a rather exceptional album; Naughty Child.
WOW!
Dark and slow burning; it sounds very much like Chappo has deliberately kept the best ’til last; with the one song here that sort of reminds me of The Streetwalkers circa Downtown Flyers, with not a note or word wasted on a claustrophobic look back on his and perhaps our own younger days.
It’s been a blast listening to this album over the last few weeks; rediscovering a talent that, while I hadn’t forgot about …. but perhaps the industry just might have ….. and hopefully this album will put right that wrong, across the Post-Pandemic Summer of ’21.

Released June 25th 2021
Fan Site http://www.lakepipewebdesign.co.uk/Chappo/

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Ted Russell Kamp SOLITAIRE

Ted Russell Kamp
Solitaire
PoMo Records

File Under: Classy and Classic Modern Americana/Country-Rock With West Coast Overtones and Folk Undertones

We’ve been late to the party with Ted Russell Kamp; only discovering his multi-talents and great voice three years ago with his 11th solo album, WALKIN’ SHOES, which we loved to bits; as we did with the follow up, in 2020 DOWN IN THE DEN …… and without spoiling your surprise; SOLITAIRE is very much in the same laid back, West Coast Country Rock Singer-Songwriter vein and it’s held a special place lately in the Magmobile on weekend journeys around the highways and by-ways of the Kingdom of Northumbria.
Opening track My Girl Now is real toe-tapper and actually a bit faster than you think it is ….. try singing along ….. it’s nearly impossible without gasping for breath half way through. Kamp’s slightly raspy voice is almost perfect for this tale of winning a heart after a long and troubled courtship of sorts …… and very much sets the tone for what is to follow.
Probably best known as the bass player in Shooter Jennings’ Band; Ted is also a Producer of some repute too; but IMHO he is also one of the finest songwriters in the idiom as I’ve heard since the heydays of Country Rock in the 1970’s. .
Birds That Sing at Dawn finds Kamp’s already husky voice dropping down a key or two as he sings about a beautiful if flawed love affair……. ‘the one that got away’ ….. and I bet you don’t pout; as I did the first time you hear the chorus;
I’ll just sit here drinking whisky
Waiting for the birds that sing at dawn
.”
Like so many other songwriters; these songs came to Kamp as he was housebound during Lockdown I in 2020; and there’s a claustrophobic feel to a couple because of that; Be Your Man and Exception to The Rule are prime examples; with sparse arrangements that enable the singer to sound as profound and heartbroken as music allows.
While most of these songs are from the Country Love Song playbook; i.e. lost love and broken hearts are the threads that hold everything together; what else would you expect from titles like Only a Broken Heart and/or A Rose or Two? and they both live up to the billing; but don’t worry …… Ted Russell Kamp has a special way with his words and arrangements that will tug at your heartstrings while still allowing you a ‘knowing smile’ at the same time …. the intricate title track Solitaire, being the type of song we’d normally associate with someone like JJ Cale and again later on The Spark too.
We need to go back to the beginning for my Favourite Song on this rather fine album; and even then it’s a coin toss between two …… the intricate and articulate Path of Least Resistance being ‘one of those songs’ where I’ve been left thinking ‘where did that come from’? The use of imagery and metaphor is simply outstanding; more so from someone best known as a side-kick!!
The other follows immediatly after and is by far the most up-tempo track here; bordering on actual Country Rock and if you were to hear it on the radio you would presume it was a killer tune from Poco or The Eagles or maybe even The Pure Prairie League; but no sirree You Can Go To Hell; I’m Going to Texas is 100% Ted Russell Kamp and you need to hear this song ASAP.
One of music’s problems these days is that too many musicians get pigeonholed for lazy fans on streaming sites; which has to be a dilemma for someone like Ted Russell Kamp as I doubt there’s a genre called Classy and Classic Modern Americana/Country-Rock With West Coast Overtones and Roadhouse Undertones ….. but I could be wrong of course.

Released May 7th 2021
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RMHQ Radio Show JUMPIN’ HOT CLUB 35th Anniversary Special Pt’s #1 and #2

RMHQ Radio Show
Jumpin’ Hot Club 35th Anniversary Special Pts #1 & 2

Bringin’ the Jive Since ’85

35 years ago this week in 1985 two young men. Graham Anderson and Adam Collerton booked their first act for the Jumpin’ Hot Club; and now in 2021 they are still announcing gigs from new and ground breaking Roots Acts in 2021.

The list of acts they’ve brought to the North East of England just goes on and on; with many household names in the Roots World making their first tentative steps into Europe courtesy of this nomadic club.

As a very minor cog over the last twenty years I’m proud to bring you two one hours shows highlighting the diversity of acts, if not an actual Best Of …….

Here’s Part #1

Hokum Hotshots1st Band Booked#11 PodcastGuitar Swing
Big Town Playboys1st Name Band#11 PodcastYou gotta do more for my baby
Davinia and the Vagabonds#11 PodcastMagic Kisses
Chuck Prophet#11 PodcastBad Year for Rock and Roll
Kim Richey#11 PodcastChase Wild Horses
Dale Watson#11 PodcastAint that livin’?
Howlin’ Ric#11 PodcastLeg Shakin’ Mama
JD McPherson#11 PodcastFirebug
Sarah Shook#11 PodcastHeartache in Hell
James Hunter/Howlin Wilf#11 PodcastI GOT MY EYES ON YOU
Laura Cantrell#11 PodcastThe Whiskey Makes You Sweeter
Everly Brothers#11 PodcastCrying in the rain
Chastity Browndebut#11 PodcastColorado
Otis Gibbsdebut#11 PodcastGhosts of our Fathers
Gem Andrews#11 PodcastCome a Long Way
Willie Nile#11 PodcastGrandpa Rocks
Waco Brothers#11 PodcastPlenty Tough Union Made
Be Good Tanyas#11 PodcastFor the Turnstiles
Danny and the Champs#11 PodcastJust Be Yourself
Sam Baker#11 PodcastMigrants
Mary Gauthier#11 PodcastCigarette Machine
Martin Stephenson#11 PodcastBig Sky New Lights
Frazey Ford#11 PodcastMoney Can’t Buy
Holmes Brothers#11 PodcastPromised Land
Alejandro Escovedo#11 PodcastRosalie
Dave and Phil Alvin#11 PodcastRattlesnakin’ Daddy
Hubert Sumlin#11 PodcastBlues is here to stay
Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham#11 PodcastCry Like a Baby
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay#11 PodcastMr Wonderful (EXCLUSIVE)

Israel Nash TOPAZ

Israel Nash
Topaz
Loose Music

Complex West Coast Americana Album of Epic Style and Scope

On the couple of occasions when I’ve seen Israel Nash live, I’ve also literally felt him – he likes to play LOUD!
I’ve always seen this as a reaching out for a connection on an epic scale – and that manifests itself in the musical scope of his latest release “Topaz”, the first album that Nash has mostly recorded under his own steam.
Opener “Dividing Lines” bears the influence of Neil Young in vocal delivery and tone but ventures out into trippier territory with building brass in the places where Young would probably place wailing guitar.
It’s an exploration of the state of society and the divisions that separate us.
“Closer” which follows is gentler in its approach, although its full, warm sound laced with harmonica and percussivel!y picked banjo; and in subject matter pairs well with the southern soul of “Stay.”
Both songs about aching for that other special person.
The soulful side of Israel Nash is very much to the fore on “Down in the Country” a homage to life in the backwoods – scuzzily distorted vocals and a hot-wired guitar frame a gospel arrangement.
“Southern Coasts” geographically keeps things down to the bottom of the country, but musically it takes a bit of a shift with programmed drums and a steady wave-like rhythm to create one of the more chilled moments of the album.
“Indiana” is another track rooted in (a) place, and the need for escape “no matter what I seem to do/I’m seeing every shade of blue” – accompanied by “This note’s for you” stylings, there’s a certain relief in the need for release.
“Canyonheart” with its harmonica, piano and organ and its “My heart is a canyon” and easily singable couplets is the kind of live anthem that will encourage us all to “share the secrets of the sun.”
“Howling Wind” also takes its cue from nature and has more of a reassuring CSNY (Crosby Stills, Nash & Young) Laurel Canyon feel.
Things take a darker turn with “Sutherland Springs” – in a way it’s a contemporary Nash’s “Ohio;” in that it’s about the worst mass shooting in Texas history and the difficulty of finding answers.
“Pressure” brings the album full circle in its exploration of division, oppression and empathy “together we can stand and put some pressure on the man” is the cry – dare I say it – it’s – amongst other things – almost a call for a working class revolution!
Israel Nash has produced an album of great complexity. that is musically epic in scope – thematically it recognises that the world is a messy place where contradictory ideas can survive in tandem and it begs us to start to find ways of untying these Gordian knots.

Review by Nick Barber
Released 12th March 2021

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Johnny Ironsights MURDER MOUNTAIN

Johnny Ironsights
Murder Mountain
Self-Release

Tales of Criminality, Hopelessness and Memories, Translated into Verse

Recorded in his home studio in Phoenix, Arizona, during the 2020 Pandemic, Murder Mountain by Johnny Ironsights is an album of songs that burn like a fuse towards what you know is an inevitable destruction.
Outlaw Country meets in your face Punk, tinged with an ash of slow burn Gothic-Americana.
Less of a mash-up, more of a retooling.
The title track, “Murder Mountain,” is a cinematic crime-infested story of isolationism and drugs. It would work wonderfully as a soundtrack to a film such as Winter’s Bone, and is perfect as the kick-off single for the album, yet my ears keep going back to “Three Nickels for a Pack of Smokes,” with it’s warm nostalgia and playful melody.
“Before the Quake (Summer of ’95)” tells a tale of friendship, open mic nights, and teenage dreams.
Nostalgia without the novelty.
Ironsights’ voice, big and bellows-like, may be the closest Americana has to the rocker Meatloaf; a voice which envelops the songs, strengthening them, enriching them. Ironsights has big ideas and isn’t afraid to chase them in a song. True tales of criminality, hopelessness, memories, translated into verse. Fearlessness is one of the best tools a songwriter can have, and Ironsights knows it.
In the closing song, “When I’m Gone, When I’m Dead” Ironsights exclaims
Like birds trying to fly with broken feathers,”
and I wonder: Is he wishing or invoking?
Drama is no stranger to popular music, as death has long been a part of folk music. Ironsights is doing an admirable job of keeping up the tradition.
If I have any complaints about Murder Mountain it would be that Ironsights’ punchy vocals can get a little tiresome, and as much as I love a good pedal steel, it could use a rest on a few of these tunes (a bit meandering – ‘less is more’?)
Yet Ironsights does have a way with words and storytelling that causes many of these songs to rise way past any perceived musical faults.

Review? The legendary Roy Peak
Released March 5th 2021

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RMHQ Music Hour Episode:8

Here we go with our 8th Music Hour podcast ……. the usual something old, new and Blues including three new tracks from Johnny Mastro, Sara Petite and KB Bayley; some rocking Blues from Big Harp George and Wily Bo, and loads of cool Roots music via Sarah Shook, Eve Selis and Danny & The Champions of the World.
Shipcote who who co-hosts the Jumping Hot Club in Newcastle had his 60th birthday this week; so we played his Mr Wonderful track as a treat FROM ME TO HIM; FROM HIM TO ME!.
The Gateway song comes from RMHQ writer Roy Peak who selected Patti Smith!
Stay safe ….. wear a mask.

1Big Harp George#8 PODCASTChew Before You Swallow
2Wily Bo#8 PODCASTWho’s Loving You Tonight?
3Sarah Shook#8 PODCASTDamned If I Do; Damned If I Don’t
4Bill Meyer GRAND NATIONALS#8 PODCASTWe ain’t giving up on love
5Roy Peak#8 PODCASTQueen of the Knock Out Rose
6Roy Peak#8 PODCASTintro
7Roy Peak#8 PODCASTPatti Smith FREE MONEY
8Johnny Mastro#8 PODCASTChild Wolf
9KB Bayley#8 PODCASTBlood Red Lullaby
10Sarah Petite#8 PODCASTFloating With the Angels
11Shipcote#8 PODCASTMr Wonderful
12Danny and the Champions of the World#8 PODCASTNever Stop Building That Old Space Rocket
13Eve Selis#8 PODCASTRussellville

Sara Petite RARE BIRD

Sara Petite
Rare Bird
JTM Music

The Benchmark for What Country Rock Should Be About in the Mid-21st Century.

I was 99.9% sure I recognised Sara’s name, so checked through my old reviews ….. nothing; so checked out the hard drive …… nothing ……. then rang Graham Anderson who runs the Jumpin’ Hot Club….. nada; he’d never heard of her either.
But by this stage I was already hooked and had the album on heavy rotation in the RMHQ office and my car too.
Why the fuss when you listen to so much music; you may well ask.
Take a quick listen to opening song Feeling Like an Angel and if this innocent looking young lady from San Diego out of (the other) Washington, doesn’t just break your heart, but win it over like you’re a hormonal teenager again; then you are reading the wrong review.
Sara has a distinctive and very individual set of vocals; which somehow sounds like the offspring of Bobbie Gentry and Tom Petty filtered through Ashley McBryde who was singing Kitty Wells songs at a party hosted in Janis Joplin’s honour.
The song itself; and the haunting backing from her band are as sure to break your heart as kitten video on YouTube will.
As the band kick up some trail dust on the next song Runnin’; the only thing missing is Sarah purring, “Are you ready boys?” as an intro.
Twang guitar? Pedal-Steel? A bass that sounds like the strings are covered in rust and a drummer who can shake the foundations when necessary, but keep time like a Swiss watch at others?
What’s not to like?
Add them to Sara Petite’s introspective, heart-rending and Insurgent Country power-ballads like Missing You Tonight, Floating With the Angels and the hip-hop inspired, tear jerker, Working on a Soul and you have the benchmark for what Country Music should be about in the mid-21st Century.
I’d love to think that I will see Sara blasting out The Misfits and/or Crash, Boom Bang at the CMA’s or the Ryman one night; but will be more than happy to be in a jam-packed Cluny in downtown Newcastle one hot and sweaty Friday night; and you will too.
I’ve got a horrible feeling that Sara Petite will be deemed ‘too Country’ for Country Radio and the CMA’s etc. so with songs like Medicine Man and the sublime Keep Moving On, in her bag, let’s claim her for Americana, Country Rock and/or Alt. Country because she’s a keeper.
When I first played RARE BIRD, the rambunctious and anthemic Scars stood out; not least because of the opening power-chords which are immediatly toned down for Ms Petite to opine;
I’ve got Scars
I wear my tattoos on my heart
Imprinted little lessons like a tortured work of art..
Scars
Some are rough and some are faded.

Man o’ Man; this is ‘one of those songs’ that you will come back to years and years in the future, be you man, woman or whatever …… but one lonely night, it will come back and haunt you like a dear departed loved one.
Trust me here; if this song did come on the car radio; you would have to pull over to the side so you could hear it unencumbered then scramble to find a piece of paper to write her name down on …… then missing your appointment drive straight to a Record Store to buy it.
For once I can’t say it any better than a quote on the accompanying Press Release;
Sara is as American as apple pie and Harley Davidson.
She is gritty, she is wild, she is tender with a soul of a child.
I will leave the last words to Sirius Outlaw Country Radio DJ Mojo Nixon …..
Sara Petite can sing a buzzard off of a slop wagon!

Released 26th February 2021.
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