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Brief Reviews of a Couple of Older Albums I Missed Out On Before but Recently Discovered and Now Enjoy

Posted in Austin Collins, Jason Myles Goss on January 17, 2011 by AmericanaPulse

Sorry… can’t thing of a less convoluted title for this post than what you see above.  These albums aren’t quite new, but they’ve only recently made their way to my ears.

A Prayer for Dreamland from Brooklyn’s Jason Myles Goss came out in June of 2009, but I first heard it when he sent a copy to WDVX in advance of his appearance on the Blue Plate Special a few weeks ago.  I thought it looked promising at first, and then I read that Goss is backed on this record by the same band that backs Josh Ritter.  Impressively enough, Goss proves worthy of his company including bassist Zack Hickman, guitarist Austin Nevins, and keyboardist Sam Kassirer.  A few tracks like “Dive Bars” even bear a strong resemblance to Ritter’s sound.  Plus, any album that contains an ode to Goonies legend Chester Copperpot is worth a spin in my book.

Jason Myles Goss: Dive Bars (Buy Album)

Next is a slightly newer release from Austin, TX’s Austin Collins & The Rainbirds.  Wrong Control came out in April of 2010 and is a disc I heard some buzz about, but never took the time to track down.  I pulled it out of another stack at the station a couple of weeks ago and have been enjoying ever since.  This solid alt-country rocker is the third release for Collins and finds him building quite a nice sound for himself along with band mates Dylan McDougal on guitar and Craig Bagby on drums.  Collins adds some guitars himself, but there isn’t much else going on to clutter up the mix.  The songs are straight forward and the hooks infectious… well worth a listen.

Austin Collins & The Rainbirds: Conventional Lust (Buy Album)