There is a kind of style, often referred to as alt-country, that I have a hell of a lot of love for. That kind of whiskey and acoustic guitar strumming, with some harmonica thrown in now and then music gets a big yes from me.

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A.A. Bondy – American Hearts (2007)
Album Review – March 14, 2011

A.A. Bondy’s album, American Hearts, fits right into that alt-country genre/sub-genre, especially the song “Black Ran, Black Rain”, my first listen favorite.

“Black Rain, Black Rain” by A.A. Bondy

The title track, “American Hearts”, has both a Wilco and a Ryan Adams vibe to it. Both favorites of mine.

“American Hearts” by A.A. Bondy

My overal impression of the album is that it’s a cinematic experience when taken in from start-to-finish. I am reminded of a few films that are in my “forever favorites” list of movies – Paris, Texas, Gas, Food, and Lodging, and Desert Blue. I close my eyes while listening and see a stark desert in my mind’s eye, with roadside towns and residents all with colorful names, and personalities. This is music to write to, to create characters to, and to dream in indie-film technicolor to.

I can see the characters already taking shape in my mind.

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