Zoe Muth - 2009 -Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers
One of the better counrty finds in awhile. Wonderful classic steel pedal with a laid back vibe. Makes me want to head down to the local tavern and sit at the bar at 1pm. Get a bowl of salt peanuts and a pitcher of draft beer and watch the world go by.
File Under: Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt, Blue Rodeo
11 beers out of 12 -wino
Zoe Muth's twang is so authentic, it's almost hard to believe she was born and raised in Seattle. In passing, it may be easy to attribute the country factor to her exceptional mandolin player (Ethan Lawton), or the smooth, ever present pedal steel (Dave Harmonson). But truth be known, it's her Dolly Partonesque lyricism and high, sweet vocals that drive this record, clearing a place for Muth and her Lost High Rollers among some of the best up and coming interpreters of classic-style country music around. She nails the turning of a clever country phrase with zero irony and infinite sincerity. Traces of her influences, from John Prine to the Louvin Brothers and Lucinda Wiliams are evident, but these songs are hardly derivative. Muth has a knack for writing songs so true and familiar you feel like they've been around forever. If she keeps writing them like this they will
Posted by wino at Sunday, December 13, 2009