The Pine Hill Haints - The Song Companion of a Lonestar Cowboy [CD]
Catalogue No.: SL050CD
Release Date: 14th May 2021
Genre: Folk, Alternative
On the Pine Hill Haints' latest long-player, The Song Companion of a Lonestar Cowboy, they go there and to other colorful places on the Americana and Appalachian trail. The fifteen song sequence kicks off with "Fall Asleep" and "Back to Alabama," a fiery pair of rockabilly-meets-Irish-jig rave-ups, then winds through standout tracks like the Bo Diddley-grooved "Pretty Thing," a pounding tom-tom and fiddle take on the traditional "John Henry" and the catchy, cajun-flavored squeezebox pop of "Lone Star Kid." There are excursions into Sun Records-style country ("Midnight Mayor" and "Louise") and swampy blues (the saw-singing "Wade in the Water" and "Downtown Blues," which features guest J.D. Wilkes on harmonica). Throughout, Barrier's strong tenor voice rings familiar and friendly, with deep echoes of everything from John Lee Hooker to Buddy Holly to Johnny Cash. And the band plays with a sense of abandon that comes from thousands of gigs behind them. It all sounds deceptively simple, but anyone who plays music knows better. The Pine Hill Haints do something very few roots bands can, which is to transcend influences and sculpt age-old sounds into soul music for our time. Also Available From The Pine Hill Haints: The Magik Sounds of The Pine Hill Haints LP/CD, Welcome to the Midnight Opry CD, To Win or To Lose LP/CD, Ghost Dance CD.
Track Listing: Fall Asleep, Back to Alabama, Pretty Thing, Satchel Paige Blues, John Henry, Lone Star Kid, Drop and Fall, Midnight Mayor, Catfish Blues, Fighting For The Wrong Side, Stare At The Fire, Louise, Downtown Blues, Wade In the Water, Tithy Dunbar