Down Every Alley
Jo Cunningham's 'Down Every Alley' is a portrait of a wandering soul. Lush layers of melodic guitars, Hammond and piano, flow over solid beatle-esque rhythm sections. Romantic in the true sense of the word, Jo's openness to the lapping of life against his heart conveys his childlike enchantment with all that he is dealt. The affect is somewhat disarming. Down any alley, one might see children playing with hoops, but turn a shadowed, damp corner and you might find an old drunk, sad and shameful, seedy and depressing. Jo seems able to look upon the light and the dark facets of his personal relationships, his proudest and most shameful traits, and express those experiences almost without judgment - a voyeur to his own fragility. And it is that honesty that is so disarming. 'Down Every Alley' is an authorized biography of what it is to be human.