Pokey LaFarge - Pokey LaFarge

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Pokey LaFarge is the sixth studio album by American musician-songwriter Pokey LaFarge, released in May 2013 by Third Man Records.

Though he was born in 1983, Pokey LaFarge is an artist whose music harkens back to an era decades before his birth - vintage country in the manner of the great Jimmie Rodgers, classic acoustic blues and jazz, Western swing, and the songs of the ragtime era. An evocative songwriter and a singer with an easy, ingratiating style, LaFarge has an acoustic band that's the perfect match for his musical blend of past and present.

Pokey is somewhat of a curator of traditional American music. His albums sound as if they are played in one take and are only missing the ambiance of boozy parlour noise.

Deeply rooted in old time country-blues heard on the banks of the Mississippi in the 1920s and 30s, Pokey’s passion for his music spills over into his being, as he pointedly points out in the opening track “Central Time”.

His self titled album features a pair of guitars, parlour style pianos, harmonica, stand up bass, the odd clarinet and a gorgeously muffled trumpet. The expansion of instruments and subsequent choral singing bears shades of a fusion with the Delta blues/gypsy jazz especially on the devilishly delectable track “The Devil Aint Lazy” or the working man’s song “Day After Day”.

In keeping with traditional blue grass and country music, the rhythm is provided by the instruments and the soul offered by Pokey’s ever enigmatic voice which ranges from soft and soulful to loud and obtrusive. His band also shows their prowess by varying their style perfectly. Playing softly and creating almost a lull steeped in black and white on “What The Rain Will Bring” contrasts beautifully against moments of improvisational Dixieland jazz in “Bowlegged Woman”.

Pokey Lafarge brings his organic arrangements and traditional sound forward, inviting you to step away from the modern, more complex times and immerse yourself in a period of music from the mid western USA which formed the heart and soul of the country. It is a trip well worth it.

Check out the tracks: “Central Time”; “The Devil Ain’t Lazy” and “What The Rain Will Bring”. 

This LP record is on black vinyl, pressed in the US.

(858936003080)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Central Time

2:58

A2

The Devil Ain’t Lazy

2:36

A3

What The Rain Will Bring

3:43

A4

Won’tcha Please Don’t Do It

2:53

A5

One Town At A Time

3:02

A6

Kentucky Mae

3:29

B1

Bowlegged Woman

2:34

B2

City Summer Blues

3:31

B3

Day After Day

3:33

B4

Let’s Get Lost

3:48

B5

Close The Door

3:32

B6

Home Away From Home

4:19

SKU 858936003080
Record Label Third Man Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number TMR 206
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 07 June 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 31 May 2013
Barcode # 858936003080
Shipping Weight 0.2350kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Blues
Genre Folk
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Country Rock
Format VINYL LP

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