Posted by gregor on Monday, July 15th, 2013
a few weeks ago whilst in chicago, i sat in my old go-to bar. i spent many of drunken nights at the rainbo, and as i sat there in 2013, it seemed untouched by the ever changing neighborhood it resides in. i forgot what the bartender was playing, but i sat there yearning for something that fit that occasion. i was alone, the wife was elsewhere in the hood, and i sat there drinking and thinking about my old life. reminiscing, if you will. it was fun, but also mildly depressing, as you realize youre on the wrong side of 30. what am i getting at you may be asking yourself? dont blame you if you were. what i was missing at that moment was lexington, ky’s derek “doc” feldman & the ld50′s new record sundowning at the station. you may know doc from his previous band(s) good saints and his work with kill county. ive heard some amazing records this year, hiss golden messenger’s haw and john moreland’s in the throes, to name a couple, but as it stands right now, this may be even better than both of em. sundowning at the station reminds me of my night at rainbo, or actually my entire adult life. there’s hope, there’s failure, there’s redemption, and then a little hope again, all coming in waves and cycles. common themes, mind you, but when you put them in the hands of a songwriter like feldman, they turn from ordinary to, well, extraordinary, for lack of a better word. the album also features one of my favorite guys and apparently friend of mr. feldman, james jackson toth aka wooden wand – who can be heard throughout the record.
paragraphs, and cohesive sentences aren’t really my thing, but hey here’s a new paragraph just for some emphasis. i have listened to this record about 30 times now, over the course of a 5 day period, and it keeps getting better and better. so, my above statements made about sundowning at the station being better than those two records up there, i can confirm to be true. if life is made up of moments, moments we remember, moments we forget, and moments we have yet to experience, i am thanking doc feldman and the ld50′s sundowning at the station is gonna be part of a lot of these. cant recommend enough, if you havent picked up on that by now.
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