TWO years ago, US singer-songwriter Gill Landry was married to a woman he loved and had just won a Grammy award with Old Crow Medicine Show.
But, artistically unsatisfied, he left the band. Then his wife left him.
Love Rides A Dark Horse is the product of this disillusion and heartbreak. According to Landry, the songs explore “the prison of expectations that eat loving relationships at their core and can turn them into a mechanical farce.”
Cue a very fine set of downbeat, heartfelt country blues, echoing the legendary Townes Van Zandt and Kris Kristofferson at his most hungover.
With its muted trumpet and strings, Scripted Love veers close to Father John Misty-style theatrics, while on the stripped back Bird In a Cage the bar isn’t a beautiful place, as Ryan Adams once sang, but a prison.