Sunday, November 6, 2011

Poor Boy's Soul remaining fresh and relevant for today.

Poor Boy’s Soul
Burn Down
Poor Soul Records
3.5 out of 5 stars
I originally called “bullshit” when I heard that the release of this album was delayed when Trevor Jones, who is Poor Boy’s Soul, was locked up in North Dakota after being busted hopping freight trains. But 10 seconds into the first track “Burn Down That House,” it becomes apparent that Jones is the real deal, with a sound that falls somewhere between Robert Johnson and The Black Keys. It’s as raw as you’d expect from a train hopper, and more genuine than I could have imagined. Jones, who plays as a one-man band drumming with his feet while singing and playing guitar, sounds just like an old rail yard, and somehow, he manages to do it while remaining fresh and relevant for today.

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