Born out of friendship between Drivin’ N’ Cryin’s Kevn Kinney and The Golden Palomino’s drummer Anton Fier (also with the Feelies, Bob Mould Band, etc.), A Good Country Mile takes the best influences from both and a slew of 60’s and 70’s rockers resulting in an unforgettable slab of Blues-soaked Americana, punctuated beautifully with plenty of harmonica and Hammond organ.
The record includes some new material, some inspired covers (like Seven Mary Three’s “Southwestern State” and the Drive-By Trucker’s “Never Gonna Change”), but more importantly some great re-workings of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ and Kinney solo songs. The slowed down version of “Gotta Move Along (Again)” and “Wild Dog Moon (Pt. 2)” sound almost as exciting as when they were first released decades ago.
Kinney and Fier go back years, with the latter having produced and played drums on the classic Drivn’ N’ Cryin’ Whisper Tames the Lion. A Good Country Mile is a fantastic concept that was executed even better than could have been imagined. It’s an album not written for mass appeal or with hit singles in mind, but simply composed by talented musicians that clearly love playing music together. It just so happens that the result is far better than anything that’s currently being played on the radio.
Kevn Kinney & the Golden Palominos – A Good Country Mile/10 tracks/Redeye/2012