Good Country Mile

Good Country Mile

by The Golden Palominos
     
 

Back in 2009, rock & roll enigma Anton Fier, drummer and visionary behind the Golden Palominos, emerged from his silence of more than a decade to produce Drivin' n' Cryin''s excellent The Great American Bubble Factory. He also became anSee more details below

Overview

Back in 2009, rock & roll enigma Anton Fier, drummer and visionary behind the Golden Palominos, emerged from his silence of more than a decade to produce Drivin' n' Cryin''s excellent The Great American Bubble Factory. He also became an active drummer again, playing with guitarist Tony Scherr's longstanding Monday night residency in New York City. Kinney caught him there and the pair rekindled their friendship. Around this same time, the Golden Palominos had played some well-received reunion shows and Kinney and Fier began jamming together impromptu in a rehearsal space. It progressed to a Kickstarter campaign and resulted in the monstrously fine A Good Country Mile. Kinney's name is on the front cover, but the back lists ."..and the Golden Palominos." It's a collaboration in every sense of the word. The album is inspired, tight, classic-sounding rock & roll; whether it's of the garage, roots, or country-rock variety. Fier's production is deeply intuitive, groove conscious, and free of excess. He creates loads of space around music that reflects rock & roll classicism, but the music is kinetic; it has a very live feel, like that heard on the very best recordings of the late '60s and early 70s. You can name all the inspirational sources you want, but this music is the bounty of a heightened focus that exists almost symbiotically between Kinney and Fier. The Golden Palominos include Fier, Scherr on guitars, and Andy Hess on bass. Kinney plays guitars and harmonica, and guests include Jon Cowherd on piano and B-3, and guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan, among others. The set list includes excellent Kinney songs (the nine-minute jam "Bird" is among his very best), a couple of surprise covers -- including a killer reading of the Drive-By Truckers' "Never Gonna Change" -- to open, and a definitive reading of Seven Mary Three's "Southwestern State" to close it. That said, most of the best tracks here are the Kinney-Fier co-writes that make up half the record. "Challenge" is one, it begins slowly with acoustic six-string, a dobro, and warm electric guitars weaving through one another. Fier's snare and kick drum are guiding forces. The verse is almost stately, but the refrain explodes into fuzzy wah-wah guitar, Kinney's snarling vocals, and a punched-up bassline -- until the bridge, where total surprise awaits the listener. "Wild Dog Moon, Pt. 2," starts heavy, with blues-rock riffs and thundering drums that are way up in the mix. Kinney's voice is more than up to the task; he snarls and wails, carrying the song to the limit before another gorgeous bridge cools it all out. The bottom line is that A Good Country Mile is transcendent rock & roll. It's timeless in listener appeal and musicianship. We can only hope that this creative reunion is a long-lasting one between Kinney and Fier -- and the Golden Palominos.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/2012
Label:
Almost Loaded
UPC:
0616892174462
catalogNumber:
1001
Rank:
72192

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Golden Palominos   Primary Artist
Kevn Kinney   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Anton Fier   Percussion,Drums
Andy Hess   Electric Bass
Tony Scherr   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Lianne Smith   Background Vocals
Jim Campilongo   Fender Telecaster
Jon Cowherd   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Chris Masterson   Electric Guitar
Leslie Mendelson   Piano,Background Vocals
Eleanor Masterson   Violin
Aaron Lee Tasjan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Martin Bisi   Engineer
Kevn Kinney   Composer
Anton Fier   Composer,Producer,Artwork,Layout
Tony Maimone   Engineer
Scott Hull   Mastering
Michael Jung   Engineer
Jason Ross   Composer
Ken Green   Management,Administration
Jason Isbell   Composer
Chris Griffin   Engineer
Yohei Goto   Engineer
Ray Sage   Executive Producer
Kristy Knight   Artwork,Layout
Wendy Sage   Executive Producer
King Rhoton   Executive Producer
Jason Roth   Composer
Brian Bornstein   Executive Producer

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