Album Reviews

Silver City Bound

Take My Picture

Artist:     Silver City Bound

Album:     Take My Picture

Label:     Self Released

Release Date:     03/04/2016


Throw away the map. A road trip with American roots music raconteurs Silver City Bound could go anywhere, and they make really good driving music, perfect for cruising down Route 66 in the dog days of summer. Even a short trek like Take My Picture has limitless possibilities for the group once known as the Amigos.

An album that revisits territory once trod by Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Take My Picture heads straight for New Orleans after getting slightly buzzed on the West Coast country-rock shuffle of their muses in “Take it Slow,” its wry piano and sunny guitars creating a sound of pure mellow gold. And they gild the Chips Moman and Dan Penn composition “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” – made famous by Aretha Franklin – with earthy countrified soul and an earnest poignancy, painstakingly articulating its deep emotions.  

Always restless, these photogenic New Yorkers, led by vocalist and accordion player in Sam Reider – trained as a jazz pianist – and fellow songwriter Justin Poindexter on vocals and guitar, never stay in one place too long. Eagerly hopping between genres and incorporating different instrumentation, Silver City Bound visits the Bayou to wallow in the heat of the relaxed Cajun strut of “Peacockin’” and an even lighter “I Wanna Get Drunk,” which extols the virtues of rural life and intoxication. Then it’s up to Minnesota to feel the breezy harmonies and pop wistfulness of the Jayhawks in their ears and employ them in a yearning title track suffused with summery horns. Here’s a band possibly bound for alt-country glory.

-Peter Lindblad

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