Kent Goolsby – Trophies Of Youth

The Only Sons were a good band. They played around the south and made a couple of solid records, but what happens to them is what happens to plenty of other bands: They run their course. Then something else happens.

Kent Goolsby released a solo EP a couple of years ago and it was good, but based off that EP and The Only Sons catalogue I wasn’t sitting around waiting for Goolsby’s full-length debut to show up in the mail. But if I knew how fucking good it was I would have been paying off the mailman to bring it sooner.

I don’t want to jump right out and say Trophies Of Youth is better than any of The Only Sons records, but it might be. It has a different feel, a more laid back approach, and it’s without some of the elements of The Only Sons that were my least favorite.

Let me walk you through my discovery: I saw the title first and thought “Trophies Of Youth is a cool title.”  Then I looked at the song listings and was happy that it wasn’t the name of a song. I’m always happy when an album is not named after a specific song, but the phrase does show up in “Natural Disaster” (which is cool with me). “Jesus Is My Landlord” is the first title that caught my eye and I thought “I really hope that’s a cool song.” And it is. The first music I heard was the intro to “Carrot Blues” and knew I was going to dig this record.

I hate the word swagger and especially hate it when referring to music, so I’m not going to use it here. Trophies Of Youth has a lot of sway on it. Goolsby’s voice and phrasing and playing naturally sways; especially on the songs with piano. The style, sway and gravely voice call to mind Leon Russell or the most soulful Gregg Allman songs.

There is so much to enjoy on Trophies Of Youth that I’m calling it Essential Listening and suggesting you bust open your piggy bank and throw down for these songs. Your front porch will thank you.

PS: The EP I mention is under the name Kent Eugene Goolsby, I guess he dropped the middle name to keep from being a serial killer.

Kent Goolsby – Jesus Is My Land Lord
Kent Goolsby – Natural Disaster
Kent Goolsby – Carrot Blues

Official Site, Kent on Facebook, Buy Trophies Of Youth

One thought on “Kent Goolsby – Trophies Of Youth”

  1. I hoped you all would give this record some attention. There’s great songs on here and they’re all a little different from what i expect.

    Also that last Only Sons record When the New Wears off is awesome it just unfortunately came out right as they were splitting up.

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