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On Blitzen Trapper’s sixth studio album, the Portland band dives headfirst into the record collections of its members' teenage years and delivers classic-sounding songs that are part Southern rock, part Southern funk, and part indie rock. “Might Find It Cheap” opens with the bygone biker strut of a Lynyrd Skynyrd tune. But it’s not all vintage tones here: the electric guitars crunch and distort like they were touched by the hand of J. Mascis. “Fletcher” recalls Wilco’s 1995 debut album, A.M., with twangy country rock devoid of any modern-day effects to keep everything sounding timeless. “Your Crying Eyes” starts with what could be a front-porch jam, as a distant harmonica, stomping boots, and handclaps suddenly make way for chugging twang-rock. The thick drums and electric guitars combine with a pedal steel to create something like a lost James Gang tune. The acoustic-based “My Home Town” recalls the band’s past penchant for Neil Young–flavored songs before the title track rocks out with an anthem-like fervor.

Customer Reviews

Good ole Blitzen Trapper

Love the sound these guys put out album after album. Blitzen for me is music for the road, My favorite place. Good campfire music for when your in the great state of Kentucky, My favorite state. Girl in a Coat is my favorite song followed by Taking it Easy Too Long. Its a great listen straight through.

Great Album

You should check it out if you're a fan

As good as them all

This band can do anything! This album is another in a string of successful reinventions and illustrations in how dynamic a band can be while building a brand that's authentic and genuine. I'm a life long fan of this immortal band. Rock on!!!


Formed: 2000 in Portland, OR

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Blitzen Trapper's music went through various genres with each record, bouncing from indie folk to art rock to experimental folk before settling into a rich, dusty brand of Neil Young-inspired alt-country. The band formed in 2000 in Portland, Oregon, with songwriter Eric Earley leading a lineup that also included Erik Menteer (guitar, keyboard), Brian Adrian Koch (drums, vocals), Michael Van Pelt (bass), Drew Laughery (keyboard), and Marty Marquis (keyboard, vocals). Before signing a record contract...
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