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Country - Verschenen op 10 april 2020 | New West Records

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With this improbable name and incredible face, it is quickly made plain that with Pokey LaFarge, fans of dubstep and math rock can both switch sides... since 2006, this troubadour of modern Americana has juggled bluegrass, western swing, folk, country blues, ragtime and all the sepia-hued musics of yesteryear that he knows like the back of his hand. Beautiful, timeless Rock Bottom Rhapsody and its Dylanian accents (2000s period) recount a radical turn in the life of Pokey LaFarge – or Andrew Heissler as he is known to the government – who left St. Louis for Los Angeles in 2018. It was a journey that left him on the skids, tormented by depression and addictions of all kinds. This 2020 offering is above all about who he was rather than who he is now. He was on a highway to hell, but he was saved by a spiritual and religious awakening. "I wrote this record before the fall from grace and then it was recorded after the fall from grace. So you see how that could be kind of odd. What I was searching for was peace and humility in the aftermath of the carnage, of things I had wrecked, and — seemingly at the time — completely destroyed. I was just, like, trying to survive; I had to fight every time to get up to that microphone and just sing. It was kind of like a last stand, like the Alamo, or something." Produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and The Tantrums) and recorded with guitarist Joel Paterson, pianist Scott Ligon, bassist Jimmy Sutton and drummer Alex Hall, Rock Bottom Rhapsody is not just a nice cabaret number about self-destruction but rather a real inner ballad from the soul of a gifted artist. An eclectic Americana journey beautifully set to music. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Country - Verschenen op 18 mei 2015 | New Rounder

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Singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge grijpt voor zijn muziek terug op (traditionele) country, blues en folk en toch klinken zijn songs nooit gedateerd. In 2015 brengt de Amerikaan zijn tweede album Something in the Water uit. Het album onderscheidt zich van eerdere platen door een gedurfdere instrumentatie die het album een stevige dosis dynamiek geeft. Daarnaast druipt het zelfvertrouwen van de songs wat van Something in the Water een aanrader maakt voor alle liefhebbers van rootspop. © TiVo
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Folk - Verschenen op 19 juli 2011 | Trade Root Music Group Llc

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Pop - Verschenen op 19 mei 2017 | New Rounder

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At the end of Manic Revelations, Pokey LaFarge sings "I will never change" -- a sentiment that he's spent the entirety of his sixth studio set disproving. Ditching the old-timey routine that's been his stock in trade since 2008, LaFarge embraces the open-hearted soul of the '60s, a sound that's nearly as retro as the pre-WWII folk, country, and jazz that populated his earlier albums. The shift in sound was propelled by his outrage over the 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of his hometown of St. Louis. Tying this political unrest to the civil rights movement of the '60s, the musician decided a revival of classic soul was the best vehicle for his message. Manic Revelations does benefit from its hopping swing and full-blooded horn section, which gives the record a considerable kinetic kick. LaFarge's reedy voice can sometimes produce a wave of cognitive dissonance -- he's still singing like he's supporting himself with a banjo -- but there are also moments where the two aesthetics merge seamlessly. With its muted trumpet wails and spooky Cab Calloway shuffle, "Mother Nature" walks a fine line between prohibition and juke joint blues, while "Good Luck Charm" is a jaunty folk number punched up by the horn section. Such hybrids speak to LaFarge's musical invention, but don't forget that, at its heart, Manic Revelations is a protest album. He may evoke old sounds but all his songs are about the present, and that means Manic Revelations isn't a stylistic exercise: it's compelling commentary. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Verschenen op 10 september 2021 | New West Records

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If you've been following Illinois-bred troubadour Pokey LaFarge since at least the mid-2010s you'll be familiar with his jazzy throwback brand of folk and country. It's a sound that's earned him a cult fan base, and one which he's found surprising ways to update, dipping into socially aware '60s-style soul on 2017's Manic Revelations and 2020's Rock Bottom Rhapsody. With 2021's In the Blossom of Their Shade, LaFarge takes his musical timelord skills to new heights, concocting a vintage-inspired rock & roll sound deep with decade-bending influences, that somehow remains stylistically coherent. It's also one of his most buoyant albums, playing like a balmy pool-side party. These are hooky songs, full of snappy rhythms and woody analog textures, including tasty tube amp guitar riffs, barroom piano, and woozy organ flourishes. Some of these giddy, back-to-basics aesthetics are at least in part due to Chris Seefried, who co-produced and arranged the album with LaFarge. Also adding an old-school sensibility is engineer/drummer Alex Hall, who previously worked and played on Rock Bottom Rhapsody and at whose Chicago-based Reliable Recorders/Hi-Style Studios LaFarge recorded the album. While many of the tracks on In the Blossom of Their Shade could have been recorded any time between 1950 and 1968, there's a timelessness and genre-bending quality to LaFarge's work that brings to mind artists like Paul Simon and the Kinks' Ray Davies. There's also a strong undercurrent of slippery, '50s-style R&B, and cuts like the swampy "Fine by Me" and the gospel-inflected "Killing Time" conjure a tantalizing hybrid of Creedence Clearwater Revival and Johnny "Guitar" Watson. Whether sidling into the tropical country-reggae of "Get It Fore It's Gone," or rising with throaty passion into the Spanish chorus of the Roy Orbison-esque "Mi Ideal," LaFarge imbues each track with warm ebullience marked by his reedy, pitch-perfect harmonies. While LaFarge might still be a time-traveling rock troubadour, he seems to have found the center of his musical universe with In the Blossom of Their Shade. © Matt Collar /TiVo
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Country - Verschenen op 18 mei 2015 | New Rounder

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Singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge grijpt voor zijn muziek terug op (traditionele) country, blues en folk en toch klinken zijn songs nooit gedateerd. In 2015 brengt de Amerikaan zijn tweede album Something in the Water uit. Het album onderscheidt zich van eerdere platen door een gedurfdere instrumentatie die het album een stevige dosis dynamiek geeft. Daarnaast druipt het zelfvertrouwen van de songs wat van Something in the Water een aanrader maakt voor alle liefhebbers van rootspop. © TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Verschenen op 15 juni 2021 | New West Records

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Pop - Verschenen op 19 mei 2017 | New Rounder

At the end of Manic Revelations, Pokey LaFarge sings "I will never change" -- a sentiment that he's spent the entirety of his sixth studio set disproving. Ditching the old-timey routine that's been his stock in trade since 2008, LaFarge embraces the open-hearted soul of the '60s, a sound that's nearly as retro as the pre-WWII folk, country, and jazz that populated his earlier albums. The shift in sound was propelled by his outrage over the 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of his hometown of St. Louis. Tying this political unrest to the civil rights movement of the '60s, the musician decided a revival of classic soul was the best vehicle for his message. Manic Revelations does benefit from its hopping swing and full-blooded horn section, which gives the record a considerable kinetic kick. LaFarge's reedy voice can sometimes produce a wave of cognitive dissonance -- he's still singing like he's supporting himself with a banjo -- but there are also moments where the two aesthetics merge seamlessly. With its muted trumpet wails and spooky Cab Calloway shuffle, "Mother Nature" walks a fine line between prohibition and juke joint blues, while "Good Luck Charm" is a jaunty folk number punched up by the horn section. Such hybrids speak to LaFarge's musical invention, but don't forget that, at its heart, Manic Revelations is a protest album. He may evoke old sounds but all his songs are about the present, and that means Manic Revelations isn't a stylistic exercise: it's compelling commentary. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Country - Verschenen op 24 januari 2020 | New West Records

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Pop/Rock - Verschenen op 21 juli 2021 | New West Records

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Pop/Rock - Verschenen op 18 augustus 2021 | New West Records

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Ragtime - Verschenen op 30 april 2012 | Evangelist

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