If you like live music Pokey Lafarge and his South City Three will blow you away and win you over even if your ears have been corroded by the harmful affects of modern manufactured "music". Pokey's music is timeless and genuine,ent It can make you tap your feet and move or simply break your heart, In the flesh he is so much fun and this translates onto this record.
The first two tracks "central time" and "Devil AInt lazy" are really catchy tunes the latter shows up how the band plays off each other with great guitar and harmonica solos and some of Pokey's best vocals. They then slow the pace down and wonder "what the rain may bring" complete with the newly added horn section and some backing vocals from Caitlin Rose who makes a couple of appearances on this record. Another one-two hits you with the foot tapping "Wontcha' please dont do it" and an ode to live on the road "One time at a time". Pokey carries on boasting with a song dedicated to his girlfriend "Kentucky Mae" as he brags about how lucky he is, and gently pokes fun at other men who cant have her. I dont really think theres a track worth skipping on this album with all the other songs being as good as the rest. I have one advantage over some in that I heard most of this album on their last uk tour and have already booked to see them.
The album was produced by Ketch secor of Old Crow Medicine Show fame, another retro old timey band who you should check out if you havent seen them.
Pokey Lafarge's album deserves to be self titled as it demonstates him at his best and I challenge anyone who has an ear for real music not to be won over.I should give it five stars but lets challenge the boys to see how they follow it up.
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