I recently received Earl â€œUSAâ€ Pickensâ€™ EP, “Turn On the Radio” for review. (By way of disclaimer, I canâ€™t understand from the press release if this is a prequel to a full-length coming out on April 24th.)
Like the rest of Berkeley Placeâ€™s (no relation) Kill Buffalo Records, itâ€™s high-quality roots rock, twang and tale. In particular, his finger-style guitar work is excellent. You donâ€™t hear much true country music anymore, as Earl himself laments in â€œCan I Turn On the Radio,â€ singing, â€œLetâ€™s be like we used to, not like weâ€™re used to, letâ€™s finally have enough.â€ With glory-days themes and songwriting chops on a par with Lyle Lovett, Bruce Springsteen, and Dwight Yoakam, this is a great little record. Complete with yodels. I hope he does release a true album this year, â€˜cause Iâ€™d love to hear it.