The first track on Your Midway Hostâ€™s, â€œOur Cities Could Grow,â€ is an Americana marching song. It makes sense that singer/songwriter Nich Bazik got his start in a â€œCivil War Fife and Drum Corps.â€ But traveling through the album, the listener finds an excellent collection and wide range of Americana tunes, from Ryan Adams style ballads to Wilco/Uncle Tupelo banjo jaunts. Itâ€™s roots music of a high order, and Iâ€™m giving it, accordingly, a high recommendation. If Iâ€™d had more time to sit with the record over the year, it might very well have gotten a best of the year award. But instead Iâ€™ll have to be content telling you all to . . . check it out.
Coming Out of the Rain (live version)