The Long Ryders from the album Psychedelic Country Soul available on Omnivore Recordings (by Bryant Liggett)
It has been 33 years since The Long Ryders last released new music as a band but the Paisley Underground era outfit make it seem like 33 minutes has passed since they began an Alt Country fire. With all original Long Ryders members and producer Ed Stasium on board, Psychedelic Country Soul captures the band’s jangle and twang in a country rock package that is as new as next week while honoring The Long Ryders buzz band times while making 2019 sound like their heyday.
From the studio banter left in sporadically between the tracks, a ‘here we go’ is muttered and things moving on Psychedelic Country Soul. A plea of ‘get me out of Greenville, and I will be alright’ opens “Greenville”, an ever-hopeful, get-out-of-this-town tune that ends with a loose, 45-second jam that is a mash-up between The Byrds and The Band. “Let it Fly” is introduced with twangy guitar backed by mandolin and fiddle, “If You Want to See My Cry” once again stars the fiddle, both tunes showing The Long Ryders ability to slow it down though the stars of Psychedelic Country Soul are the rockers. “Molly Somebody” is a mysterious, sweeping mid-tempo love song, “All Aboard” a lyrical rally for friends to have some fun as it sings ‘goin’ for a ride, higher than the mountains with my best friends at my side’, the story a buddy flick with a gritty guitar solo. The one cover from The Long Ryders is a knock-it-out-of-the-park version of Tom Petty’s “Walls”. The title track closer in “Psychedelic Country Soul” proves The Long Ryders could live in the same Petty/Heartbreakers jam world while also writing catchy hooks and exercising their apt ability to stretch things out. Thirty-three years have zipped by and The Long Ryders, and their music, remain great. (by Bryant Liggett)
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