AL SCORCH: This Lonesome World…: 7” EP

These four tracks from Chicago’s Al Scorch And The Country Soul Ensemble are foot stamping and banjo shredding. Two songs are Scorch’s own and the others are traditional tunes Scorch and company adapted. My favorite, “BetsyBay,” a Scottish sailing song, incorporates a violin and is rife with homesickness and longing. This snapshot of Al’s talent, although impressive, makes me wish he employed the Ensemble more to cook up a truly potent folk punk brew

 –Kristen K (Let’s Pretend)