The Old Joe Clarks, Metal Shed Blues

Kurt Wolff

By Kurt Wolff

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Singer-songwriter Mike Coykendall hails from Kansas but there's a familiar taste of Appalachia in the music of his band the Old Joe Clarks, from the largely acoustic instrumentation to his mesmerizing voice, which quivers and creaks like a coffee pot simmering on an old stove. The songs are like timeless heirlooms of melancholy and wonder — moody, haunting and in no hurry to get anywhere. There's a soft sadness here, and at the same time the music's glow is warm and rich with spirit.