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3 Pairs of Boots (from the album Mighty Love available on Dark Country Music) (by Lee Zimmerman)
The California-based husband/wife duo that call themselves 3 Pairs of Boots share an affirmative approach that’s immediately evident at the outset. Drawing from such storied influences as Fleetwood Mac, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, The Byrds, and the storied sounds their home state helped foster throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s. The latest album from the duo, Mighty Love, boasts a classic Folk Rock motif that’s engaged and articulate from its start to its conclusion. Opening track “Leap of Faith” conveys an optimism and conviction that continues unabated throughout, while the title track, “This and That”, “Ghosted”, “The Server”, and “Day Break” bolster an illuminating attitude, one that’s clearly meant to lift the spirits and provide the pleasing perspective that’s often difficult to come by in these troubled and turbulent times.
The couple — Andrew Stern and Laura Arias — apply varying tones and textures to the proceedings, while ensuring their enthusiasm remains intact. The gilded arrangements convey a sparkle and sheen that gives each song an effusive presence and perspective. ‘The problems of tomorrow are a million miles away’ they sing so assuredly in “Evensong”, a tuneful tapestry inspired by the bliss found by a cozy campfire that awaits at the end of the day. On the other hand, their ruminating take on Tom Petty’s “The Waiting” is wholly unexpected, but sedately satisfying regardless.
3 Pairs of Boots have made steady strides since the release of their debut album Gone South in July 2019. In January 2021, they released their sophomore set, Long Rider, emphasizing the fact that their savvy and assurance remained well within their wheelhouse. They take that ability several steps further here, offering a historical perspective on “Labor Day”, a song based on the shipyard labor riots that rocked the West Coast throughout the 1930s, prior to the dock workers success at unionisation. “Just Call Him Love” brings more of that sincere sentiment in a tale about Nat Love, a black man born a slave but who later became a champion rodeo rider and whose memoir now resides in the Smithsonian.
Taken in tandem, Mighty Love is an engaging, evocative and thoroughly engrossing set of songs that’s well worth repeated listens. It’s the largess of this love that makes that clear.
(by Lee Zimmerman)
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