If you follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook then you know that I decided (for reasons even unclear to myself) to participate in Sober February. Almost as if fate were cheering (or jeering) my decision, the day before I was to begin my 28 day sabbatical from my good buddy Bourbon, the new cd from Adam Lee & The Dead Horse Sound Company landed in my mailbox. With song titles like “Whiskey For Breakfast”, Wishful Drinking” and the title track, “When The Spirits Move Me”, I figured if I couldn’t drink I could do the next best thing, listen to people sing about drinking. And with that decision, the cd went to the car.
The album did not disappoint. From the opening track, “Drinking, Cheating, Loving and Leaving”, the album sounds exactly how you’d think it would, judging from the cover up above. It’s the very embodiment of what one might call “classic country”, with pedal steel crying out like it had to make the trip over the hot desert from their Arizona hometown to your ears. So if you like your country dusty and more suited for crackling 78’s than mp3’s, this album is, to steal a line from savingcountrymusic.com, two guns up.