Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The General Store
The debut from The General Store has been around for ten years, but I only just discovered it this week, thanks to a heads-up from Burning Wood's extended family member FD13NYC. This band is essentially one man, Tam Johnstone, son of long time Elton John guitarist Davey Johnstone.
Here's a little more from Jason Damas at ALL MUSIC:
"Johnstone whose father Davey was the longtime guitarist for Elton John, was born in 1970 and spent his childhood years immersed in the easygoing, laid-back vibe of Southern California singer/songwriters and country-tinged acts like The Eagles and Jackson Browne. Local Honey is his attempt to recreate this sound 30 years later -- and, here's the kicker -- it was recorded live to four-track in one prolific week following a bitter breakup. Ouch. But with Local Honey, Johnstone's misery is your joy, since at least his muse didn't leave him. The album is bursting with highlights, from wounded, Eagles-esque country-rock like "Letdown" to more shambolic country-rock like "Airport Breakfast" and soaring, almost Fleetwood Mac-styled pop like on "Coming Down" and gut-wrenching ballads like "Stay.""
I'm all gaga over "Local Honey." This record is killing me. It's as Jason Damas says, but I'd like to throw in a little Buffalo Springfield and Nilsson, as well. And maybe not oddly, Johnstone sounds nothing at all like dad's employer. This record is everything the Fleet Foxes aren't.
Check out "Airport Breakfast" and "Long Way."