Lonesome Shack - 'More Primitive' (album stream) (Premiere)

by PopMatters Staff

14 May 2014

Seattle's Lonesome Shack return with more down home bluesy sounds on their new LP, More Primitive.

Lonesome Shack may be from the Pacific Northwest, but they sound like a great swamp blues band from the Southern regions of the US. The grooves are relaxed as are the vocals, suggesting the soundtrack to a lazy, hot summer day with just a little angst in the air, lingering a little beyond reach. It’s a great sound that, in places, recalls some of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s more stripped down, rootsy recordings.
Singer/songwriter Ben Todd tells us that, “More Primitive was recorded and mixed by our friend Johnny Goss in his home studio, Dandelion Gold, with a live first-take approach. Johnny captured our sound with more clarity and depth than we’ve had on our previous, self-produced recordings.” 

“This music is inspired mostly by post-war blues musicians like Cecil Barfield, John Lee Hooker, and Junior Kimbrough with an emphasis on heavy grooves provided by Kristian Garrard (drums) and Luke Bergman (bass). Lyrical themes of loneliness, loss, joy, and searching are present throughout.  We hope to make new music that reflects our love for deep grooving boogie and blues while creating a sound and expression that is uniquely our own.”

More Primitive releases May 20th via Alive Naturalsound Records.

May 17 Fisherman’s Village Music Festival, Everett, WA
May 23 Columbia City Theater, Seattle, WA [“More Primitive” Record Release]
May 24 The Green Frog, Bellingham, WA
June 5 - 21 Club, Portland, OR
June 6 - Axe and Fiddle, Cottage Grove, OR
June 7 - The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA
June 8 - Thee Parkside, San Francisco, CA
June 10 - The Escondite, LA, CA
June 11 - Lost Leaf, Phoenix, AZ
June 12 - La Cocina, Tucson, AZ
June 13 - The Grand Saloon, Bisbee, AZ
June 14 - High Desert Brewery, Las Cruces, NM
June 15 - Sparky’s, Hatch, NM
June 16 - Taos Mesa Brewery, Taos, NM
June 17 - Lion’s Lair, Denver, CO
June 19 - The Garage, SLC, UT
June 20 - Sun Valley Brewery, Sun Valley, ID
June 21 - Zola, Spokane, WA
July 26 - Timber! Fest, Carnation, WA

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