Lukewarm country rock
It’s been eight years since ex-Blake Baby John P. Strohm cut a record, but to judge from Everyday Life, it might have been more like 18. This new CD plies the same soft, countrified, alternarock territories as early 1990s mainstays like Buffalo Tom and solo Westerberg, but without the eccentricity. There’s a certain warmth and skill at work here, in the easy slide guitar, and soft, rough-edged vocals, but how many more earnest about driving do we really need? The rocking songs have a bit more edge to them—raucous “Sha La” and the title cut might easily be stompers in a live setting. But mostly, these songs fade the minute they finish. Strohm’s dead-end, small-town ballad finds the main character (not him,he’s a lawyer) sweeping the video store floor and “Waiting for the World to End.” Me, I’m just waiting for the album to be over.
// Sound Affects
"The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.READ the article