Ghost in the Choir
If quite is the new loud, and folk is the new punk, then alt-country is the new revolution. So many are suddenly discovering the pleasure of country music, 30 years after Nashville abandoned any taste! Fletcher Harrington is not one of the new bandwagon purveyors, however. Fletcher isn't just a musician - he's an artist in the true sense of the word. He shamelessly puts his soul into his work and shows the kind of courage some will find disconcertingly authentic and sincere. Some may find his vocal style jarring, but the same was said of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. It's the songcraft that makes this a CD worth buying and listening to. I suspect that in 10 years when a new crop of bands choose great songs to cover, you'll see Fletcher Harrington's name getting songwriter credit on a lot of them. This record has the essential life-sustaining roots that makes Americana music the thriving industry of today. Harrington presents a world here of Country Gothic, with weird thoughts and happenings. The songs start like Country songs, anchored by acoustic guitar, but the melodies take unusual minor key turns away from the three chord standard of Country music. This is an alt. Country CD with the emphasis on the 'alt,' with fine songwriting that shows an imagination that you do not often find in this genre.