Caution: Listening to this album may cause Earworms, Daydreams and other pleasantly distracting side effects!
In my opinion, this is Jefferson Hart’s best release to date. He and the Ghosts of the Old North State have put together what is truly an Americana classic. The album has a groove to it – the hooks are infectious and Hart brings emotions to life like never before. Bookended by solid country tunes ”Marigold” and “Marigold Again,” “Corolla Ponies” is like driving the back roads to the beach. It’s your heart pounding in your chest as you take the first step past heartache - the first kiss of a new love. It’s “kids on bikes and baseball cleats” and a longing to help someone learn to love again. The images created are spectacular!
I’ve listened to this a lot since it arrived in the mail and I’ve read the reviews (all deservedly favorable). Hart is being compared to Neil Young, Gram Parsons and even Tom Petty. High praise and I can’t deny that they’ve influenced his music. You can also hear the influences of The Beatles and Brian Wilson, but every track on “Corolla Ponies in the Snow” is unmistakably Jefferson Hart. With this album, he and the Ghosts of the Old North State have stepped out of the shadows of the Youngs and Parsons and are standing tall on their own. The Muse of Americana Music has blessed us!
- The cover photo is worth the price of the CD (as a photographer, this is the kind of photograph I dream of taking).
- At the 2:45 mark of “Marigold Again,” Nathan Golub’s pedal steel is just magic!
- Neil Young couldn’t write songs like “Swinging on a Scar” or “Sleeping ‘Neath a Lucky Star.”
- I’d like to hear Gordon Lightfoot sing the title track . . ..
- I see a video in my head every time I hear “Tale of a Love Gone South.”
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Dave Brainard – Grassicana