Punk and New Wave were exploding on the scene, and yet the sounds of country rock were still on the airwaves circa 1979-1981
I never understood why this great song from The Hollies didn't chart higher than #60 in the US. Here's an "up" song to start your day.
Here, Bramblett takes a simple story song and seasons it with the observations of an older man, namely, the character the song is named after...
Yeah, he's in over his head alright....is there any other way to be? Here Bramblett crawls inside the head of a man smitten with a woman he knows is trouble....
Touted as a musical Faulkner, Bramblett brings his gift for observation and storytelling to bear on a cast of characters that feel uniquely real. His genius is that he can inhabit these individuals and see life through their eyes. That they are bent and broken, skewed in their perceptions, is obvious. But the real magic is that Bramblett can sing about them without moralizing or passing judgment on his subjects. If only we could learn to do that in our every day life...
J.M. McSpadden III is a writer and a roots music enthusiast who believes that every life needs to find its own soundtrack, and every road trip is an opportunity to full tilt boogie. Let's face it, people, a car ain't nothin' but a stereo on wheels.