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The FBR (from the album Ghost available on Limestone Music Group) (by Bryant Liggett)
The FBR drop a solid Roots package; loyal to nobody in the Indie Alt Country Roots package but belonging to all, Ghost rolls from Psychedelic Roots noir to Country Boogie to Roots Pop as the couple, Malarie McConaha and Tim Hunger, roll from spooky reserved to revved and rowdy.
A lonely guitar, sharp rhythm and McConaha’s vocals kick off the lonely “Before I Drown”, a somber opener that’s rough around the edges, soft in the middle. The haunting Roots continues with the gothic “Empty Room” before “Bottle of Blues” kicks things into a higher gear, it’s a rollicking Country duet, that coupled with the following “Deadman’s Highway” reveals a big ability to drop some old-school vibed Rockers, the latter claiming ‘if the lines don’t kill me I know the hard livin’ will’.
“Set the Anchors Free” is a Gospel inspired tune that showcases McConaha’s pipes, the vocal seeming louder than the other sparse instrumentation, and her vocals remain equally powerful in the dramatic “Still on the Run”. Here the band takes a page from the Springsteen book, singing of small towns and tumbleweed, the sheriff and the preacher in get me out of this place fashion.
Closing with “Hurricane House of the Rising Sun” it’s a heavy ballad about nature and New Orleans, moving at a glorious large and lumbering pace, much like the Big Easy. This record is a big sound within a great package, representing the greatness of modern American Roots music. (by Bryant Liggett)
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