West of the West
....New's latest independent release lays down a sturdy, soulful country groove from the get-go and rides straight and true into the sunset. The dusty, dozen-track gem, coproduced by New and top-shelf Nashville indie rocker Steve Allen, brims with literate, quietly smoldering tales about desperados (Outlaw on the Run), bootleggers (Indian Whiskey), roughnecks, (Stockton Town), desolate roads (Highway 99), and the steep price of love (Angel with Black Wings, Jonesin'). As always, New's intimate vocals throb with understated emotion and the unspoken gravity that holds each fragile word and thought in place. From high-lonesome twang to a wistful waltz along the Tex-Mex border, there's not an ounce of fat on this bad boy. I'll throw Nashville cat Buddy Miller out there as a reference point, but New's got his own thing going on. Get acquainted with one of the area's finest purveyors of Americana. Mike Thomas, Pacific Sun.