Its a rare day indeed when one finds the collective “supergroup” a ubiquitous term in music. Sure there was Cream, and Led Zeppelin, both groups who’s collective work seemed to surpass their prior musical experiences. Then too, there was the Traveling Wilburys whose mission seemed to just have fun with music and not worry about the superpowers that made up the group. Toeing the line between these two groups is the newly formed Middle Brother, whose members include John J McCauley III (the main singer and songwriter) of Deer Tick with his trademark rasp, Taylor Goldsmith (also the main singer and songwriter) of Dawes and Matt Vasquez (who is again the main singer songwriter) of Delta Spirit. Their debut album release is pure roots rock with some Nashville and alt country thrown in to boot. All three are capable emotional singers in their own right, and each member brings a new feeling to the song that they sing. Much like the Traveling Wilburys they aren’t trying to take the world by storm here, just a bunch of friends making good music, with talents equal to any supergroup out there. So just sit back, relax, and enjoy some music that brings you back to a simpler time in rock music. The downloads after the jump.
“Early in the year feeling/ fade away/ something has clearly gone today/ dont know what i can do but i know /i know/ i know/ its the worst thing to put you in a song/ as the words come i know that it was wrong/ early in the evening but i know/ i know/ i know”
“Wintersong” is one of those hushed and wistful tunes that makes one reminisce about times gone by. Blake Mills showcases his talent as an artist here, anchoring the song with some great acoustic production and strong vocals and just when you think you’ve got the whole song figured out he brings it into Fleetwood Mac Rumours territory with some great back and forth with an unknown female vocalist. A perfect heartwarming song for those cold spring nights. The free download after the jump, plus a great live bonus track.
This little acoustic ditty has been making its way across the United States after popping up as a free download from Paste Magazine. It’s a cover of a Dolly Parton song but don’t let that scare you away, its perhaps the sweetest duet to ever grace country music since Johnny Cash and June Carter came along. You can find some live performances of it on youtube as well, as Justin Townes Earle and Dawn Landes have been touring together recently. Make no doubts about it, JTE seems a worthy heir apparent to the good old “Man in Black” having not only the youthful baritone of Cash’s early years, but the character struggles as well (both have faced problems with addiction) and for all we know, this little partnership could turn into the Johnny Cash and June Carter romance of our time. Just give this song a listen, it’s sure to stick in your head for quite a while.
Culled from the same compilation as the wonderful “You and Me” featured a few days back, this vinyl crackling, bass thumping, vocal jumping Four Tops styled groove is a wonderful upbeat arrangement about, what else, losing a lady but delivered so earnestly that there’s no time to sit around and mope, enjoy this lost vinyl classic.
If you’re interested, the collection is entitled Eccentric Soul, there are many volumes, this song is found on the first.