Songs We Like: Caleb Caudle, ‘Empty Arms’
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In 2018, country rock will be 50 years aged; that’s according to many official histories, anyhow, which tag the subgenre’s beginnings with the release of two Gram Parsons jobs, the International Submarine Band’s Safe IN THE HOME and The Byrds’ Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. You will want to celebrate a little early? The first music from North-Carolina-structured singer-songwriter Caleb Caudle’s latest album Crushed Coins, to end up being released in February, is usually factor to bust out your Nudie fit. “Empty Arms” can be an instantly winning blend of fuzz and twang whose inventive set up totally honors the ode to sustaining like at its main. It’s exactly the kind of solidly inventive blend of elements, serving a common lyric, that Parsons willed to the world.
Caudle, who had a good punk-inspired band called The Bayonets before getting an industrious solo troubadour, features been working hard to build up a sound that moves beyond the standard strum-and-mumble items that fills many Americana playlists. Like many roots revivalists in both Los Angeles and Nashville, where he documented Crushed Coins, he’s thinking about determining what made that late 1960s moment so rich. His prior albums stressed the outlaw end of the neighborhood where country and rock meet, however in this new material he and maker John Ashley (who’s proved helpful as an engineer for kindred spirits just like the War On Medications and Hiss Golden Messenger) stress sonic innovation.
“Empty Arms,” in fact, recalls the garage-psychedelia of the Position Quo’s “Pictures of Matchstick Guys” as closely as anything by Caudle’s acknowledged inspirations Steve Earle or Jason Isbell. (Although, let’s not pretend, those fellas are down-low Beatlemaniac country rockers as well.) A mighty guitar moves from flange to subtle opinions throughout “Empty Hands,” played by young Nashville legend Megan McCormick. It enhances Caudle’s lyrics about the disorientation of the road. The pipey effects in the chorus recall “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” as the key change towards the end is natural Elvis 1968 Comeback Special. With all this happening behind him, Caudle remains constant and conversational, his warm mid-array interacting the intimacy of the relationship “Empty Hands” celebrates. The Southern accent remains to be in Caudle’s voice, and in the story of love and relationship the music tells. But Caleb Caudle’s sound encompasses the vast expanse of America, as the very best country rock generally will.
Crushed Coins comes out Feb. 23 via Cornelius Chapel Records.