SERIOUS SAM BARRETT: Self-titled: LP

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)