Chris Brecht

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Chris Brecht
The Great Ride
Dead Leaf Records
4 out of 5 stars

:: Chris Brecht ::

:: Red Fish Brewhouse :: December 26 ::

:: The Meadowlark :: December 20 ::

Chris Brecht’s The Great Ride is the perfect follow-up to Ryan Adams and The Cardinals’ Jacksonville City Nights, but neither Adams nor The Cardinals are on the album.

That was my first thought upon hearing this fantastic alt-country album. But it wasn’t until I started writing this review that I found out, ironically, that Brecht had teamed up with producer Brad Rice, who has, in fact, worked with Adams, as well as Son Volt.

Regardless of those connections, the former Boulder-ite who now makes Austin his home has produced a phenomenal piece of work that lovingly embraces all the essential elements of his genre — acoustic guitar, harmonica, pedal steel and a syrupy-sweet drawl in his vocals — without coming across as formulaic, or trite. There’s a sincerity and honesty in the songs (both lyrically and melodically) that is undeniable.

Part of that might be Brecht’s decision to eschew digital technology and record the album on two-inch tape — the way country albums should be laid down. The result is a vintage, thick sound that is warm and whole.

If you were disappointed by Adams’ Cardinology get this instead and you’ll be happy.

— Brian F. Johnson

:: Chris Brecht ::
:: Red Fish Brewhouse :: December 26 ::
:: The Meadowlark :: December 20 ::

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