In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “When the song craft is at this kind of level, no one needs to reinvent the wheel.”
Alt country is a genre of music I find myself liking, more often loving, every time I listen to a band or performer who falls under that heading. Wilco, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell (although, he tends to fall under the Americana umbrella these days), and his former band Drive-By Truckers (a combo of alt country and heavy southern rock). When someone recently recommended I listen to The Jayhawks, it was the first I’d heard of them. But now that I see they’ve been around since the mid 80s, and now that I’ve heard The Jayhawks with Rainy Day Music, I’m stoked to all of a sudden have 30 years of music to catch up on from some alt country pioneers.
The jangled guitars and slay bell infused hi-hat starts things in a great, vintage, 60s feel on Stumbling Through the Dar.k. The light, sweetness of the vocal melody, reaching the occasional, impressive falsetto ads to that vibe. It’s a great way to ease into an album, and the perfect setup for the alt-country, harmony filled Tailspin. (more…)