For the follow up to his excellent debut A Good American Life, Ed Dupas continues with his solid brand of blue collar “garage country” and the kind of songs that are bread and butter to other mature troubadours like Steve Earle.
It's not originality that makes this album work, it's his knack of forging tunes that sound fresh and authentic. He follows closely to the Americana formula but does so in his own way and with his own voice.
Producer Michael Crittenden is again at the controls for a record that was done and dusted over three days and nights at Mackinaw Harvest Studios in Grand Rapids, Michigan near where Lucas now calls home (he was born Houston, Texas).
While his debut was full of acoustic songs, Dupas here occasionally straps on a telecaster for some added variety. This works a treat on the punchy opening track Too Big To Fall and generally gives the album some extra options.
The record also features Rob Avsharian on drums, James Simonson on bass, Drew Howard on pedal steel & electric guitar, Chris Ranney on piano, and Michael Crittenden filling in any gaps. Judy Banker, Tara Cleveland and Cole Hanson lend a hand with vocals on five tracks, Hanson can be heard on three of them.
Whether it's setting out for the Promised Land or Heading Home Again this is great driving music by a man with a good handle on where he's been and where he's going.
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