From bonfire sing-alongs to riding the rails 1930’s Gutherie-style, Meb Jon Sol’s Southpaw Niños has a distinctly bluegrass feel to it. It features fine musicianship of a myriad of instruments, including banjo, fiddle, harmonica, and mandolin, in addition to standard guitar, bass, and drum. Vocally, the passionately delivered sinewy sounds of Neil Young.
In addition to Neil Young influence, there’s a cheeky bit that appears from time to time reminiscent of The Pogues. The title track, Southpaw Niños is country moonshine vocals offered with Dylan-esque story-telling, alongside playful guitar riffs. I Am Yours has a Civil Wars feel to it, evoking inky images of Louisiana swamps, and cypress tress dripping with Spanish moss.
Leave All Your Troubles With Me and Everyone Has a Secret Song brings to mind bonfire sing-alongs and country tea dances, and features impressive harmonica and banjo solos. Its summery vibe is refreshing as a cool glass of lemonade. I Am From Nowhere illustrates the lament and celebration of being on the road.
Angie, Where Did Your Love Go is the only track that’s plugged in putting a finer edge on the sentiments within, and harkens back to Tod Rundgren, as well as the return of another fine banjo solo.
Simple story telling intricately woven with fine musicianship defines this album. A glorious road trip whether hitching a ride cross country or plugged into your MP3 player on the subway, it’s a must-have for the playlist. Noelle Ellis, GiggingNI.com