Backroads Heart Attack
Backroads Heart Attack is stunning from start to finish, with album art designed by Susan Stover Flory adding visual disturbance to a relentlessly quick paced song selection. Containing a dozen songs, the CD elaborates on many of the themes familiar to those who know Jeff's music. Whether reflecting on economic and spiritual dislocation in songs like California Blues and That Old Train, raising the specter of backwoods distilleries and Robert Johnson in songs like Medicine Jar and Over Yonder Faire, conjuring up an apocalyptic aura in Evening Blues, Post-Modern Lament, and Judgement Day, or ruminating about love gone wrong in I'll Be Your Angel and She's Gone Again, the album is truly a bumper crop of the finest homegrown American Roots music. A nicely balanced offering, the record sets alt-country rockers and driving folk blues songs against more acoustic-based songs. The rock-solid rhythm section of Jesse Wickman and Paul Hoffman and the stellar lead guitar, dobro, and pedal steel work of Dave Zirbel combine with the high quality of Jeff's songwriting and careful seasoning of Callie Watts' backing vocals to produce one of the year's most exciting releases.