Rick Shea & The Losin’ End (from the album The Town Where I Live available on Tres Pescadores Records)
As the world population increases at a rapid rate, cities around the globe push at their seams while great patches of unwanted land lie just beyond the borders of urban life. Rick Shea & The Losin’ End set up camp somewhere between the two territories in The Town Where I Live, the recent release from the Southern California-based band. Wandering through the stories are characters with city smarts and a need to live out on the edges of civilized land as off-the-grid heroes and villains. Jangling guitar notes pop like the exploding bubbles of reality in the story of “Guess Things Happen That Way” as the tune bounces on a Buddy Holly beat while the rhythm of “Trouble Like This” slowly unfolds, rolling like the clouds hanging over the storyline. The music travelling alongside the songs on The Town Where I Live shows bloodlines long blended in the traditions of Folk, Country, and Rock’n’Roll, The Losin’ End ranging from the raucous honky tonk train track beats coursing through “(You’re Gonna Miss Me) When I’m Gone” while they spit out a groove for “Hold on Jake” and use acoustic strums to wave a farewell in “Goodbye Alberta”
A storyteller’s voice carefully guides the songs on The Town Where I Live, the warble in Rick Shea’s vocal comforting as he fondly recalls the men and women he has passed on the road, relating a folk tale of highway living in “The Angel Mary and the Rounder Jim”. The Town Where I Live pulls “The Starkville Blues” out of a tangle of guitar notes, follows a rhythm as constant as the steady turn of wagon wheels heading down “The Road to Jericho”, and lovingly cradles “Sweet Little Mama” on a warm shuffle. Desert communities and don’t-blink towns spreading off the endless freeway chain as well as sleepy mountain outposts can all claim a place in the storyline of the title track as Rick Shea & The Losin’ End cover “The Town Where I Love” with Country rhythms.
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