Miles From Here
Macon Greyson are four cats from (where else?) basically Dallas, and parts elswhere in N. TX, who make some pretty damn good music. Uneasy is their second album. Macon Greyson are a kind of rockin' Texana sound, with a healthy dose of Americana thrown in, as typified by the holy trinity of Uncle Tupelo, Wilco and Son Volt. Buddy Huffman is the front man for this band, and probably the one most identified with Macon Greyson (I've even heard people call him Macon before), but the rest of the band are just as good as Buddy, if a only a tiny bit more retiring.
Based on their first album, and after hearing some of the new songs at several of their live shows, I was expecting great things from Buddy and the boys, and they did not disappoint. As is my custom, I've had this in the truck for not just one weekend, but two weekends and the week in between. Every song on it is very good, and several of them are close to roadhouse perfection. There's a cover of Uncle Tupelo's Whiskey Bottle that will slam you around pretty good. It's got all the good "feelin' lowdown bad" vibes you'd expect from the song.
Other favorites of mine are the opening track, Cracks, which is something about mirrors and strings on fingers and various superstitions, and so forth. Then there's my favorite live song, Fine Line, kind of a rockabilly-ish sound with some super-strong guitar leads (the kind that they usually call "blistering"), and a finale that crashes all to hell and back. That song also features a beautiful dog-house bass, or what sounds like one — something I always appreciate. And...and...and...you know what? I could waste a lot of time telling you about each song, but there's not a single song on here that makes me punch out to the next one. It's really that good.