D. Charles Speer & The Helix
Picking up not far from where he left off on Some Forgotten Country ex No-Necker D. Charles Speer (ne Dave Shuford) lays another pull from the roots on us. With the addition of The Helix, Shuford digs less from the pscyhe bent that permeated his last release and instead leans heavy into his debt to the country folk-blues that his rusted baritone was made for. The band moves from lonesome to exuberant, but work best when prosthelitizing the worst and lowest of times. The title of After Hours brings to mind last call bar bands and the smell of stale beer in the nostrils and D. Charles and the Helix bring every bit of that into the music on this record. You can feel the beer soaked wood under your hands and the claustrophobic clutch of cigarettes at the back of your throat. Shuford has proven himself as not only a singular entity in his post NNK days but also a great American songwriter.
[MP3] D. Charles Speer & The Helix - Sit Right There
[MP3] D. Charles Speer & The Helix - Single Again
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