Steve Gunn “Way Out Weather” & “Milly’s Garden” (Show TONIGHT!)
Steve Gunn, at least in what I have seen, has been saddled with the “formerly guitarist in Kurt Vile band” albatross. While that is cool and all, it doesn’t take long to find that Gunn’s work is different than Vile’s and stands firmly on its own two feet. I actually dove in to his work most recently via his cool RVNG INTL FRKWYS collaboration with Mike Cooper, and have worked my way backwards. He recently released his latest effort. titled Way Out Weather, and it continues to build upon his already solid body of work.
Above, hear the ghostly, prairie-swept folk of the title track, with Gunn’s gentle singing and weepy lap steel guitar giving the track a classic, sepia feel. Below is the more ornamented, driving folk rock of “Milly’s Garden,” where everything, from the drums to vocals to the electric guitar noodling, is ratcheted up a notch. Sounding more than a bit like a song that could have been slotted next to the countrified glory that the Stones did so well from 68-72, it is a song that sounds extra large without feeling bulky or overblown. Both show the talent Gunn brings to the table and ensure that he should not for long be known for his former projects, but for the great work he is doing right now. Gunn plays tonight with a stacked lineup of folk, blues and American primative artists at the Old Familiar Chime show, featuring Glenn Jones, Bill Orcutt, Michael Chapman, Alexander Turnquist, Matthew De Gennaro, Spider John Koerner and more at the Turf Club. More info HERE.