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Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition, White Buffalo
(Fat Possum Records)

01/03/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



1/3/2013 - Some bands are initially funded through Kickstarter because the band couldn’t get money anyplace else, and then there are things like this, the opposite end of the quirk-spectrum, where fizzled rock stars regroup, rethink and re-try their own notions of commercial rock. Mathus was in Squirrel Nut Zippers, thus we’re not talking about an actual big-time rock star, like John Cougar, whose voice is, coincidentally, what Mathus’s sounds like here. In fact, if Cougar were out to make a buck off the whole Civil War-nostalgic thingamajig we’re seeing now, this is seriously what you’d get: a little bit broke-down mud-dog antebellum folk, but a lot of bit commercial busker-pop.  Nothing jumped out at me on first listen except for “Hatchie Bottoms,” but it jumped at me in the way you don’t want something to, i.e., the hook is kind of gross. But it’s stripped-down hayseed-barn indie-folk, which is all anyone wants this fiscal quarter, correct? B-  — Eric W. Saeger






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