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Whiskey in the Pines


  1. 1.
    Drunk With My Friends
  2. 2.
    Stumbling in the Dark
  3. 3.
    Answering Machine
  4. 4.
    Sad Songs
  5. 5.
    Do You Believe in Hell
This is heartland rock & roll, shot through with ambling, country-tinged flourishes. There are songs that would perfectly score a backyard day-drinking session, and others that work as peaceful codas to soundtrack the after-party cleanup.
Which makes perfect sense after everything Lareau has experienced in recent years. On the autobiographical “Sixteen” and shifty love paean “Do You Believe in Hell,” Lareau ruefully examines his life’s circumstances, pondering how past decisions have influenced his present state. Elsewhere on the EP, “Roses” chugs forward with a driving melody reminiscent of Jason Isbell or Ryan Adams’ earlier work in Whiskeytown. “It’s times like these when you’re driving through this town / And you’re playing Tom Petty with the windows down,” Lareau sings on the chorus, delivering his lines with the authenticity of someone, who—like the rock legend he name-checks—knows small-town Southern life firsthand.
Though Lareau anchors the band as frontman and songwriter, Whiskey In the Pines is a collaborative affair and his bandmates have the chops to make these tunes really hum. Bassist Aaron Halford and guitarist Kelly Chavers are longtime pals. Noel Hartough produced the band’s new EP while Erik Wutz handled drums on the recordings, and ace session musician Barrett Williams soars on pedal steel. The band dynamic and this new set of songs has energized Lareau as he prepares to hit the road in support of Sunshine From The Blue Cactus.


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