Jory Nash

Lo-Fi Northern Blues

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One thing you notice throughout this album is that you may be keeping a beat but without the aid of any drum or percussion. Recorded live in many instances and complete with the occasional creaky chair, songs such as "The Ballad of Easy Chair" resemble '70s songwriters such as Harry Chapin and Townes Van Zandt, even if the story is about getting away with one's hand in the cookie jar. Keeping the instruments to an acoustic guitar and light touches of harmonica and upright bass, Nash doesn't seem to be very adventurous, but the quality of most of the songs doesn't call for a different direction. The mandolin-driven "Don't Mind Dying in This Place" is one of the staples of the record, while "Northern Blues" evokes the melody of "Coconut" from the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack. "In the Evening" is a blues tune which fits well in the track listing, but "Delilah" is a bit too jazzy or lightweight in comparison. Falling into the occasional ballad in "When I Walk Out," Nash revels in a small arrangement but vocals that complement such arrangements greatly. Only on "The Robbery" does the pace pick up, moving toward a standard bluegrass tune. A very good effort from a promising talent.

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