Pat Reedy & The Longtime Goners (from the album That’s All There Is (And There Ain’t No More available on Muddy Roots Records)
A relocation has changed the soundtrack to the stories of Pat Reedy and the Longtime Goners. Moving from the New Orleans base, Pat Reedy traveled north to Nashville to plug in and play his music, recording his new release, That All There Is (And There Ain’t No More) backed by the pure sound of Country music in its classic form. The constant between Louisiana and Tennessee is the neon glow of bar lights, Pat Reedy and the Longtime Goners pointing out the neighborhood matters little in “Nashville 3AM”, as the story cites a universal connection in the observation that ‘everyone’s an outlaw ‘til the cocaine wears off’. The address where Pat Reedy collects his mail is not home as much as the highway under his wheels, That’s All There Is (And There Ain’t No More) admitting that Crescent City and Music City are “Same to Me”, the song romanticizing black top while the title track counts ‘six on the seat and four on the floor’ and rolling road rhythms rumble off the walls of both motel rooms and bars in “Bloodshot Heart”.
Losing interest in judgments about personal decisions, Pat Reedy and the Longtime Goners draw a line and put a stop to a deadend conversation in “You Don’t Have to Tell Me Again” as they head up the mountain and down in the mines with “Coal Train Blues” and slowly spin a honky tonk waltz around “Wedding Ring”. Heartbreak and hope car pool with Pat Reedy and the Longtime Goners, the rear-view mirror out the window showing a long lone of broken bridges behind them, the windshield spreading out with promise stretching down the open road ahead. The unknown becomes a comfort zone, Pat Reedy finding the motion familiar, stating that ‘it's about that feeling when there's nothing to hold you someplace no more. There's a broken relationship that you've tried to fix, but it's not worthy and that's all there is. It's time to hit the road again and start over with a truck and a guitar. And maybe a dog’. That’s All There Is (And There Ain’t No More) bids goodbye to New Orleans against a solid backbeat on “Fare Thee Well” and takes a swing at the status quo for the blue-collar worker in “Funny Thing About a Hammer” as Pat Reedy and the Longtime Goners walk the streets of Abilene with an optimistic bounce in their step and perspective for “Lucky I’m Alive”.
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