Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Thomm Jutz (from the album Profiles in Courage, Frailty, and Discomfort available on Red Beet Records)
When Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, and Thomm Jutz called themselves a trio they officially hung out a shingle for a working relationship already in existence. As a duo, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper recorded with Thomm Jutz sitting in the seat of engineer and producer, lending guitar parts to their tunes both in the studio and on the road. Coaxing Thomm into performing his own songs with the pair promoted the title change, and the threesome put their names on the cover marquee of the recent release, Profiles in Courage, Frailty, and Discomfort. Nashville, Tennessee is the home for Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, and Thomm Jutz. Amid schedules that would prove challenging for a juggler, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper have released albums and toured together for several years as well as individually handling numerous other projects. Thomm Jutz made real the promise he had given his younger self growing up in Germany and moved to Nashville in 2003, quickly becoming a go-to guitar sideman and producer for artists such as Nanci Griffith, Jason Ringenberg, Sid Griffin, and Mac Wiseman among many others.
The trio of musicians all lend songs to Profiles in Courage, Frailty, and Discomfort, making a wish for a little change on “If I Had a Nickel” to open the album. A universal ‘you’ is the ear that “Awful Lot Like Me” whispers into as the album sifts through dark shadows to hunt for “My Sally” while lost friends and family are remembered with “Lonesome and Alone” and a soul seeks better times away from “Hendersonville”. Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, and Thomm Jutz tenderly envelope voices around the tracks that line Profiles in Courage, Frailty, and Discomfort, backing the harmonies with notes and strums to complement the moods. “Tranquility Base” walks the moon with Neil Armstrong as it lists questions of the first human to take steps in space while “Hartford’s Bend” finds riverboat captains tipping their hats one more time to an unknown friend as they steer pass by the lost river port of Jefferson, Tennessee on “Little Old Town”. The three men behind Profiles in Courage, Frailty, and Discomfort give themselves over to the songs as Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, and Thomm Jutz walk through virgin territory in “Newborn Wilderness”, let thoughts become lyrics while staring at the Hernando, Mississippi home of Jerry Lee Lewis in “Uneasy Does It”, sing the story of a railroad man in “B & O Man”, and toast to the bottom of the bottle with “Angel’s Share”.
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Mike Meehan and the Lucky Ones (from the album Better Angels E.P. available on Paradiddle Records)
Beating the odds is life-affirming, and that is the take home message in the songs of Mike Meehan and the Lucky Ones on their recent release, Better Angels E.P. Raggedly Rock’n’Roll soundtracks the stories of Mike Meehan and the Lucky Ones as Better Angels E.P. follows the taillights of a love full of lies watching “Mirabel” head into the night while the band counts out nuggets of fools gold to buy back a little heart with “Ghost Beneath the Lonesome View”.
Raised in Texas, Mike Meehan calls New York City his homebase, surrounding himself with an array of East Coast musicians as The Lucky Ones. The Roots of the band rise up from the guitar jangle as they offer a parting gift before goodbye in “Swan Song” as they carve an edge into the twang of the title track while its lead characters ponder the future in the chorus of ‘better angels watch in dismay, better angels wonder if its too late’.
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