There’s a winsome, lonely, rough-hewn folk loveliness to this song from The Roadside Graves. With a violin weaving alongside the ragged vocal croon (actually, in this case, I think we have to call it a fiddle), this song conjures up a moment of wondering and waiting for a woman. It walks into the middle of a story that could have taken place anywhere in the last sixty years. Recommended if you like Deer Tick or Dylan, it ends too quickly, this song. I hit play again.
Junk On The Highway – The Roadside Graves
These six friends from the small town of Metuchen, New Jersey, have been making music for the better part of this decade. This song comes from If Shacking Up Is All You Want To Do, recorded Winter 2002 in an old Victorian house in Hightstown, NJ, the windows insulated with t-shirts.
The album was recently reissued with six bonus tracks on my friend Justin’s excellent Autumn Tone Records label (Justin writes the Aquarium Drunkard blog, and I find we have similar tastes in music). The Roadside Graves also just released a new EP in the spring called You Won’t Be Happy With Me (wanna bet?), also on Autumn Tone. You can also stream a recent show from them here.
Looks like they close their current tour tonight at The Mercury Lounge with These United States (a nice pairing), but I hope they’ll be back on the road in 2011.