A few years back, I heard Boris Garcia’s Today We Sail. It was a nice introduction to the band, but not nearly as catchy as their newest release, Around Some Corner.
This band has always had their roots deep into American folk and bluegrass. That makes for a solid foundation, but with the new release, they’ve kicked things up a few notches. The storytelling aspect has always been tight, and here, the instrumentation supports it. Tim Carbone’s fiddle sings at just the right points to lift the vocals, the pedal and lap steel provide beautiful melodic beds, and the piano, in particular, weaves perfectly through the playlist.
They made a good choice for the opener; “Knockin’ On Wood” manages to be wistful and positive at the same time. “Desiree” is tight, strong, and a love song written by an adult; it’s a great tune, and likely to garner the broadest notice. For me, though, the song that left me with a serious earworm is “Feather And Down”. With a strong, impassioned lyric and a relentless hook, that one really stands out. “Mendocino” is another that grabbed me by both ears.
If you’re not familiar with Boris Garcia, Around Some Corner offers a pleasing introduction.