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'Joe’s Meat & Grocery'   

-  Label: 'North & Left'
-  Genre: 'Alt/Country' -  Release Date: '25th February 2022'

Our Rating:
Massy Ferguson's sixth full-length album continues to purvey the Seattle based band’s gritty No Depression Alt.Country sound which is heavy on twang and tales of blue-collar life. The title is named after the family store run by the grandpa of guitarist Adam Monda in the early 1990s.

The kinship with working class men and women facing small-town frustrations and big-city struggles is evident. Save What Couldn’t Be Saved, for example, tells of a man trying to keep body and soul together after being made redundant.

The driving beats of Leave If You Want To speak of a free and easy life but the darkness on the edge of town is never far away.

Bass playing singer Ethan Anderson has just the right raw-edged voice to give a ragged glory to these 12 songs. It’s the kind of full-blooded rootsy music that’s tailor-made for small, sweaty clubs. The closing ballad, You Don’t Bother Me is the only track with a slower, more reflective feel.

Ken Stringfellow’s production centres on rendering the no-frills quality to give the tracks a live in the studio feel.

If mature Americana with a heavy twist of rock’n’roll is your bag then Massy Ferguson could be a perfect fit.

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  author: Martin Raybould

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MASSY FERGUSON - Joe’s Meat & Grocery