The Acoustic Medicine Show | Back to Easy Street
(Wild Turkey Records)
Laid-back Elizaville songwriter Joe Tobin is showing his roots again with Acoustic Medicine Show's seventh long player, Back to Easy Street. The 15-song collection may have been recently cut in the Hudson Valley, but its wide-ranging sound straddles an imaginary Texas/Louisiana line from decades ago, with punchy horn charts and stinging honky-tonk guitar battling for hometown turf. The twin opening salvo of "Easy Street" and "Pull on Through" distinctly sets the tone, the first strutting with New Orleans sass; the second settling down on a steel-driven Western Swing lope. Other flavors creep in to season the stew. "Once Again" mellows things right down with warm lead guitar floating on a genteel bed of strings and oohed backing vocals straight out of the 1940s. With its melodic blend of mandolin and accordion, "Sing My Song" is more Opelousas than Gulf Coast, but spicy, in the right ways, just the same.