“The music I play is very much rooted in the late 60’s/early 70’s”, says Lee Gallagher, a fact that is crystal clear from the opening track, Highway 10, a hymn to the road that leads from LA to the Mojave desert.
The Californian speaks of the songs on this album as being a "snapshot in time" but the time is not now.
His four-piece backing musicians are The Hallelujah who are billed as "an organ-driven rock band" and the journey they embark on is a shameless nostalgia ride.
The band replicate a Cosmic Cowboy sound with songs like Lullaby For The Acid Queen and Astral Plane Blues indicating that drug-induced head trips are a necessary part of the experience.
"Just a little lost but we're having a good time" Gallagher sings in Country Line, an ode to freedom that would have made perfect sense four decades ago but comes across as a sick joke in 2020.
The highway stars in the 21st century don't shine so brightly so what is intended as harmless fun now just seems like delusional escapism.
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