Mar 07, 2013

Leeds’s Sam Barrett plays rootsy, bluegrassy, country music with an authenticity that makes it appeal to fans of the genre and people who might not ever think to put on a folk record. Smokin’ fingerpicking and catchy choruses; how can you go wrong? The recording is amazingly crisp with an undoubtedly live quality to it. You can feel it in the room. A perfect addition to the Arkam catalog. On a side note, a fellow named David Broad is the only other musician who plays on this record. In a garage in Sylmar, I once saw him play in a band, and they performed the most ripping version of “La Bamba” I’ve ever seen. It’s forever burnt into my psyche.

 –Daryl Gussin (Arkam)