In some ways, “Weary Traveler” is a straightforward Americana album. It starts by asking, “Are you waiting for real life to begin,” and then goes on to sing about freedom and love and loss and (ironically) Jesus. All the right notes. But in other ways, it stands out from the (overly big) crowd of ubiquitous Americana by having a voice that feels full of wisdom at the same time there’s youthful hope. Especially on the mandolin-driven Freedom Street.

See? It’s definitely cynical, and yet it doesn’t seem full of despair. It happens again on “Hangin’ On,” which feels like a song about an old marriage, but the harmonies are young and the music is crisp–“we’re gonna dance like fools all night long…”

Great harmonies, great songs, great music–check it out.

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