According to the press release this guy&band is endorsed by none other than Saint David of Bowie himself, which pretty much doubled my expectations upon spinning this beautifully packaged platter / not to mention that he-s accompanied on this record by members of just about every current alt/country band worth a crap. As you-d imagine, this is a totally slick recording, with ambitiously arranged country shuffles aplenty. Think Songs>Ohia-s comparatively upbeat -Magnolia Electric Co- LP crossed with Dire Straits. Think a slightly slinkier Lambchop fronted by Tom Petty. This genuinely sounds like it could-ve come out in the late sixties to mid seventies. There-s certainly not a lot of evidence of any influences later than that. That said, though, it is a pleasure to hear a record like this with lots of skilled musicians making an understated and organic sound that-s this slick and radio/friendly. It-s the comforting sound of real people playing real instruments without being homogenised by any of the production shortcuts that the home computer revolution has made so ubiquitous. While it-s hardly the most innovative record I-ve heard lately, the musicianship and production is top notch throughout and Americana purists everywhere should snap this one up while it-s still available (this is a hand/numbered edition of 500 so I can-t see them staying around all that long). This is ten times better than that Ryan Adams album everyone-s losing their shit over right now. Maybe even eleven.