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Lonesome City Travelers

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Album Review

The Lonesome Travelers are John Thomas Griffith and Paul Sanchez, both of whom have the same day job: playing guitar with Southern rock band Cowboy Mouth. Their acoustic-based duo project is, in their words, concerned with "American folk music in general," though what their debut album really tends to sound like is American country music in general, with strange (and usually rewarding) detours into circus music, gospel, and Flying Burrito Brothers-style country-rock. The latter influence is felt especially strongly on the opening track of the duo's eponymous debut, the jangly "Free Rambling Cowboy." But by the third song, what started out sounding like a relatively straight-ahead retro-country exercise takes a turn for the weird, with the trombones, heavily distorted guitar, and gospel-flavored chord progression of "Runaway Lovesick Train." "Fire Eater" is the song that brings in the circus flavor, with its calliope-sounding oom-pah-pah beat. The teary "Land of Broken Hearts" takes things back to a more standard-issue (not to say generic) country sound, whereas "In a Couple of Hours" creates a jazzier mood and their version of "Ain't It a Shame" rocks out like "Honky Tonk Women"-era Rolling Stones. Some of this album feels a bit thrown together, but ultimately that ends up being part of its rough-hewn charm. Recommended.

Customer Reviews

Awesome live

I love their music. They tell a great story, and have beautiful harmonies. I think they are better live in person than on a studio album. The banjo is great on the album, but I wished he picked it more instead of strumming it. Would like a few more upbeat songs.

Love it, but....

Love this music and the guys in the band are personal friends of ours, but....iTunes has all their info wrong! The background given on the band may be correct for The Lonesome Travelers but this album is by The Lonesome CITY Travelers composed of brothers Chris & Scott Metts and Jeremy & Joshua Martin. ITunes, please get your info right!

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