Grand Canyon Rescue Episode
White Mule Records
From depression-era bluegrass music to the sound of intrepid travelers and hobos, Grand Canyon Rescue Episode's new record truly deserves the oft-abused and overused title Americana. The music on "Lucky Dollar" chugs along at a mighty locomotive clip. It's the Dobro and banjo that keep the retro wheels greased and the rhythm section that keeps the whole affair on the rails. Reminiscent of John Prine in spots without diving into the deep dish melancholy, this album is full of sing along, anthemic salvos that sound as old as they are new. Are they singing about Bonnie and Clyde on "Bank Robber Blues." Well, no, but it gives you a glimpse into the sort of tales these cats are telling on this bodacious LP. A future classic, fo' sho.'