Lincoln Durham 'The Shovel Vs The Howling Bones' Self-Release

That this album has the names of Ray Wylie Hubbard and George Reiff as producers should give some indication of where it's heading musically. Surprisingly as Reiff is himself a bass player there is no bass guitar on the album. There's the redoubtable Rick Richards on drums, a sound that is central to the songs here, and a whole lot of guitar, dirty, slip-sliding, barbed wire guitars. Many of them are vintage and their heritage shows. These are guitar that have been played and loved. Durham is joined by fellow string seductors Jeff Plankenhorn, Derek O'Brien, Ray Wylie Hubbard and George Reiff. All add tone, texture and tenor to the songs on offer. Songs delivered in Durham's suitably sand-papered and distressed denim voice. These songs resonate with these times. They speak of "living this hard" and of "people of the land". They are swamp-drenched, wrecking-yard blues and rock 'n' roll viginettes drawn from the darker corners but strangely addictive and energising. It's hard to pull individual songs from the album as it seems to fit as a whole but the opening track Drifting Wood sets the tone, Clementine has a more melodic nature as does Trucker's Love Song a band song with shared vocals, insistent percussion and Bucca Allen's accordion adding another musical texture. How Does A Crow Fly would perhaps not be out of place on a Ryan Bingham album. Those who like their music hard-edged and dirty and have a liking for any of guitar/drum combos out there should equally like this. I do.