by Dan Ferguson
Go Go Boots
For Go Go Boots, the Drive-By Truckers headed to the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals. The soul of that vaunted locale creeps its way time after time into the 14 songs comprising Go Go Boots. On it, the DBTs mostly quell the burners of past albums opting for a more poignant sound (from a DBTs perspective) serving up a collection of tunes that move in directions country, soul, and blues. A couple of stellar covers from the catalogue of the late and sadly neglected blues man Eddie Hinton are nothing but gravy. Visit www.drivebytruckers.com.
Nine Mile Records
On new release Viewfinder from Brooklyn-based (& Brown alum) Rebecca Pronsky, it's the voice that time and again grabs attention over the course of its 11 tracks. It's a supple instrument that Pronsky possesses that effortlessly ebbs and flows with the emotional tack of the songs, all but one an original, by the way. Viewfinder lands somewhere in that void between Americana and pop, oft-times taking its cue from the tremolo twang tones of guitarist Richard Bennett and at other times the singing of Ms. Pronsky. Visit www.rebeccaspronsky.com.
(Dan Ferguson is a free-lance music writer and host of The Boudin Barndance, broadcast Thursday nights from 6 - 9 pm on WRIU-FM 90.3. He lives in Peace Dale and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)