13 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Blues Traveler’s John Popper loves music. So, of course, it’s impossible to do everything you dream of with just one band, and sometimes a guy is in the mood to try something new. The Duskray Troubadours isn’t a wild jump into a new genre, but it is a different approach to roots music. Where Blues Traveler enjoyed their jam-band designation, here Popper is looking to strip back the ambitions and focus on the songs. “What Can I Do for You” is an R&B ballad with plenty of room for the vocal. “Something Sweet” turns the R&B up tough. The drums, guitar and organ take their rightful place in the back of the mix. “All the Way Down” throws some nice harmonies into the chorus and guitarist Jono Manson is a master of the tasty lick. “Love Has Made It So “ is a great road-rocker. “Make It Better” recalls a milder Drive-By Truckers. The production throughout relies on the warmth of the room. How else to explain the close-knit ensemble sound of “Hurt So Much” and the acoustic intimacy of “End of the Line.” The bonus track, “Hurdy Gurdy Fandango,” evokes a lighthearted take on New Orleans music. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Blues Traveler’s John Popper loves music. So, of course, it’s impossible to do everything you dream of with just one band, and sometimes a guy is in the mood to try something new. The Duskray Troubadours isn’t a wild jump into a new genre, but it is a different approach to roots music. Where Blues Traveler enjoyed their jam-band designation, here Popper is looking to strip back the ambitions and focus on the songs. “What Can I Do for You” is an R&B ballad with plenty of room for the vocal. “Something Sweet” turns the R&B up tough. The drums, guitar and organ take their rightful place in the back of the mix. “All the Way Down” throws some nice harmonies into the chorus and guitarist Jono Manson is a master of the tasty lick. “Love Has Made It So “ is a great road-rocker. “Make It Better” recalls a milder Drive-By Truckers. The production throughout relies on the warmth of the room. How else to explain the close-knit ensemble sound of “Hurt So Much” and the acoustic intimacy of “End of the Line.” The bonus track, “Hurdy Gurdy Fandango,” evokes a lighthearted take on New Orleans music. 

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