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Folk/Americana - Released June 4, 2013 | Third Man Records

Though he was born in 1983, Pokey LaFarge is an artist whose music harkens back to an era decades before his birth -- vintage country in the manner of the great Jimmie Rodgers, classic acoustic blues and jazz, Western swing, and the songs of the ragtime era. An evocative songwriter and a singer with an easy, ingratiating style, LaFarge has an acoustic band that's the perfect match for his musical blend of past and present, and together they caught the ear of musician and impresario Jack White, who admired their style, talent, and unique take on American music history. 2013's Pokey LaFarge is the singer and songwriter's first album for White's Third Man label (and sixth album overall), capturing his rootsy but artful style with a graceful simplicity that makes the most of his easygoing swing. ~ Mark Deming
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Country - Released January 1, 2015 | New Rounder

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Pop - Released May 19, 2017 | New Rounder (UMG Account)

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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
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Country - Released January 1, 2015 | New Rounder

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Some artists who evoke the styles of the past seem to have spent every waking moment of their adult lives struggling to sound as if they were born in a different decade. Pokey LaFarge, on the other hand, makes music that suggests he somehow passed through a wrinkle in time from 1929 to 2015, complete with his banjo in hand; LaFarge's music never seems forced, but flows from him naturally with an easy grace, a playful insouciance, and a confidence in his talent that stops well short of arrogance. After jumping to the big leagues with his self-titled 2013 album released by Jack White's Third Man label, LaFarge has ambled back to the independents; Something in the Water is his first album for Rounder, the venerable roots music label, but Something ranks with his best recorded work to date, maintaining the rootsy sway and swagger of his earlier albums but boasting stronger instrumental interplay and an extra dose of pep that makes the finished product especially winning. LaFarge not only sounds like a jazzbo from the age of ragtime, he writes like one, and from the vintage exotica of "Goodbye, Barcelona" and his celebration of Midwestern high life in "Knockin' the Dust Off the Rust Belt Tonight" to his tribute to the women you don't introduce to your mother on "Bad Girl" and the title cut, LaFarge pens songs with plenty of wit and a melodic sense that straddles the gap between vintage country and trad jazz. LaFarge is lucky enough to have a band just as committed to this sound as he is, and his accompanists help make Something in the Water pleasingly full bodied and dynamic. And producer Jimmy Sutton gives these sessions a live-in-the-studio tone that mimics the ambience of a vintage 78, but with modern-day clarity and detail. Pokey LaFarge delivers something old and new on Something in the Water, and no matter how much he reaches to the past for inspiration and influence, he's able to make his music sound fresh and alive, and this is his strongest studio set to date. ~ Mark Deming
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Folk/Americana - Released July 19, 2011 | Trade Root Music Group Llc

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Pop - Released May 19, 2017 | New Rounder (UMG Account)

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Folk/Americana - Released February 16, 2010 | Trade Root Music Group Llc

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Blues - Released June 1, 2008 | Big Muddy Records

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Country - Released January 1, 2015 | New Rounder

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Country - Released January 1, 2015 | New Rounder

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Country - Released January 1, 2015 | New Rounder

Ragtime - Released April 30, 2012 | Evangelist

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