Ever had one of those albums that you know, had you not been in the right mood when you heard it the first time you wouldn’t have liked it? Well for me Kill County’s The Year Of Getting By is one of those albums. I’d cued it up one afternoon as work was wrapping up so I had to pause it halfway through the first track and didn’t get back to it until the next morning. One could say fate had intervened. The next morning, with a foggy head waiting for its morning dose of coffee, I pressed play and let the album unfold around me.
Kill County is Josh James (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Ringo (banjo, guitar, vocals), Joe Salvti (pedal steel, dobro), Josh Hoyer (piano), Terry McGinn (fiddle), Brad Kindler (drums) and Mark Wolberg (bass), and they come to us out of the Midwest of America. Musically, they’re the cousins of Willard Grant Conspiracy, NQ Arbuckle and Cam Penner, with brooding & heavy songs sung in either a baritone voice or higher plaintive delivery, depending on what the song asks for.
The Year Of Getting By is available on their Bandcamp page for the recession buster price of nothing, so there is no reason for you not to get it.