Ballad of Crows
by Rudie Humphrey
First of all you want to own this record, something about the sleeve says, “own me”, and a combination of that and a very cool name means you aren’t disappointed
It’s just great harmonies, a rash of some great picking and some complimentary fiddle throughout, the relaxed, down home feel with layer ‘Eagles’ vocal that means all is ok with world as lazer hits disc. I love its blend of Westcoast sunshine and old ‘skool’ Nashville.
‘The Buddha Song’ we take a Celtic turn, as pipes and whistles get added to the mix, it’s not unrequited, just a bit unnecessary, when they do what they do so well. The whole thing just sounds like people having a good time playing music – what’s not to like, when they strike up the mandolin it’s the difference in turning them from being ordinary and being special. T6 rips along at a furious pace, with the chug chug guitar that’s all too familiar, the vocals are reminiscent of Shawn Mullins – again what’s not to like.
If this is their calling card then it leaves you wanting to see them live, the effortless shifts of pace, it is harsh on Steve Crawford, but I prefer Pete Coutts voice, it’s more rootsy. The Cajun accordion is also most welcome on TX and the line about “pecking crows” is great. If there is one minor flaw, and this is just being picky, it should end with the cover of Petty’s American Girl, there‘s ‘Wind’ from Tim O’Brien, the whole piece is quality throughout, well picked covers, well played, well worth it.