Just as he’s steadily been building a larger and larger following in his native New York for nearly two decades, Americana rocker Ryan Hobler has steadily been releasing his new album one single at a time over the course of 2014. Fans can pick up the album, The Elusive Yes, in late January. For now, we have the latest taste: “Bob vs. Jack vs. The World.”
A blistering rockabilly number that wires the genre’s chugging backbeat with some serious electricity and a hard-hitting guitar attack, the track also leaves plenty of room for the sweet lift of Hobler’s voice and the pleasantly sour humor of his lyrics. Those lyrics – inspired by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, mining both the film’s trappings and, crucially, its heart – spin a yarn about two thieves, their dire straits and the love/hate relationship keeping them together. But even if you’re not a bandit on the run, you’ll probably be able to relate to that kind of relationship. Hell, Hobler says he’s never even seen the movie.
Check out “Bob vs. Jack vs. The World” below and get ready for The Elusive Yes in the new year.