The Heaven's Jail Band
Tunes like "First World Problems" and "Lavender Hand Wringing" are sort of bluejean ballads Kris Kristofferson wrote with both eyes closed while turning Nashville on its ear. Deceptively simple and "uplifting," these songs are monarch at managing Sunday morning smiles while strategizing tailpipe deep-throat. "A Thousand Songs" combines the pathos of as many, fitted within spidery banjo figures, expanding as a pond's rings with every piano plink. Tunes like "Not the Only One," "Youth," and "Luck Be a Lady" nimbly walk the country/rock 'n' roll fence line, neither one nor the other, deftly forging their own identities. The band shows its heavier hand with "sweetcancunrough" marrying rock 'n' roll grit from heyday of Johnny Thunders and Tom Petty. Result is self-assured but forever open and progressing, making something new with something old, the way original American songwriters did before men like Alan Lomax or Harry Smith showed us there was something worlds beyond radio waves and the towns they entranced.