Mike Ireland And Holler, Try Again

Kurt Wolff

By Kurt Wolff

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Formerly a member of the Starkweathers before setting out solo (and getting signed to Sub Pop), Ireland did not grown up loving country — he came to love it only as an adult. His affection, though, is clear, both for Haggard-esque honky tonk but also smooth, laid-back '60s- and '70s-era countrypolitan, which his gentle, warm voice fits beautifully. His songwriting is stellar, the subject matter both down ("Right Back Where I Started") and upbeat ("Sweet Sweetheart"). Not very well known outside indie-rock and alt-country circles, Try Again is a genuine hidden gem.