Portland’s Silver Lake 66 releases a solid debut country gem, Let go or be dragged. Backed by a mix of Portland’s Americana network of players, the duo of Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo deliver an album of straight ahead country music, performed with deep respect for the genre. This release, a dozen well-crafted songs arranged and produced with the focus locked in on honest depictions of human struggles and simple joys, reminds us that to be flawed is to be human, and to struggle is an honorable thing.
If you like solid blues and blues-rock, check out the new album, Live at the Kessler, from Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat, released over the summer. I stumbled across this release and have been playing it in constant rotation. Suhler and Monkey Beat have been playing together for a couple of decades and definitely deserve wider recognition. Suhler, in addition to his work with Monkey Beat, plays lead guitar with George Thorogood and the Destroyers.
J.M. McSpadden III is a writer and roots music enthusiast who believes every road trip is an opportunity for the full- tilt boogie.