Monday, December 19, 2011
Gill Landry "The Ballad of Lawless Soirez" (2007)
Once upon a time, there were idiosyncratic songwriters who were nominally grouped as "rock", even though the music itself didn't seem to derive from any part of the Beatles/Stones/Dylan axis. I'm talking about people like Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Billy Joel (this is before the 80s hits).
Despite the Old Crow Medicine Show affiliation, Landry's music has more in common with the people above than with Old Crow. Low lifes in dangerous places, heartbroken & alone.
This is a good record, but not a great one. Landry is one to watch.... hopefully the great one will come down the road.