There are only so many more-or-less perfect albums out there and, for me, one of them is The Byrds’ “Sweetheart of the Rodeo.” Maybe it’s because it was a favorite of my Dad’s, maybe because it perfectly captures that fascinating fringe of hippie culture that embraced real country music – or maybe it’s because it’s just really, really fun to listen to. Whatever the reason, anything that reminds me of that record gets high marks from me, and the new track from Tall Tales and the Silver Linings fits neatly into that category.
The latest project from LA-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Trevor Beld-Jimenez, Tall Tales and the Silver Linings – in addition to having one of the great band names of today – perfectly replicates that recipe so expertly crafted by the Gram Parsons-era Byrds. A dash of country, a helping of folk, a smidgen of gospel and a whole lot of laid-back rock, “Unknown Forces” will make you want to take a spin through Laurel Canyon on your way out to Joshua Tree. Be warned, though – gas is a little bit more expensive than it was in 1968, so budget accordingly.
If you’re in LA or Brooklyn anytime soon, go check them out and let me know what you think.
Sep 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Harvard and Stone w/ Little Wings
Sep 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Harvard and Stone w/ The Blank Tapes
Oct 11 – Riverside, CA @ Back to the Grind
Oct 18 – Paso Robles, CA @ Calcareous Winery w/ Sparrows Gate
Oct 23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool (Other Music Recording Co. CMJ showcase w/ Xylouris White, Invisible Familiars & 75 Dollar Bill)