Broken Hearts features a skeletal backup band that includes Kinney's current drivin n cryin mates, Tim Nielsen (bass), Mac Carter (guitar) and Dave V. Johnson (drums), and a handful of part-timers. Gangly electric folk marked by a bluesy temperament and a certain reluctance to rock out, the music ambles along at an easy pace, the girlish vocals of Sarah Lee Guthrie (Arlo's daughter) popping up here and there to lend comfort, reassurance, even a random giggle.
Kinney's nasal delivery has never sounded more weary and nuanced, and it carries listeners through momentary lapses when it sounds as if the melody and words are so loosely tethered the song might unravel at any moment ("Time," "No Blues"). But a few weak tracks can't dislodge Broken Hearts and Auto Parts' inexorable sense of place. A life-affirming mix of thinly veiled suffering and stolen moments of clarity, it proves that as a chronicler of a New South where life's paved roads can unexpectedly give way to precarious raw-earth terrain, Kinney still has plenty of dirt under his nails.
Kevn Kinney plays Smith's Olde Bar Thurs., March 21.
Killin it. So damn sexy
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…