Album review: Truth and Salvage Co.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Truth and Salvage Co. "Truth and Salvage Co."

Kindred spirits: The Band, the Black Crowes, the Marshall Tucker Band

Show: Friday at the Red Palace. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. 202-399-3201. www.redpalacedc.com. $10.

A band with multiple singer-songwriters means one thing: A lot of people want to sing. And when they really can sing, you get a group like Truth and Salvage Co., whose four singer-songwriters belt out harmonies that make you appreciate the voice as an instrument, something easy to forget in the era of Auto-Tune and lo-fi whisperers.

Truth and Salvage Co.'s eponymous roots-rock debut was produced by the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson, and it's filled with staples of the genre: piano, Hammond organ, steel and acoustic guitar, and rollicking drums.

The members of the Los Angeles-based band come mostly from Asheville, N.C., and their Americana sound is an amalgamation of both coasts: southern alt-country with L.A. flair, especially on the radio-friendly single "Call Back." The strength of the album is in its simplicity: stripped-down rock played by guys who have known one another for a while and who sing about, quite simply, fun but have the musical chops to make it more than cliche.

This is no music for the melancholy. "Welcome to L.A." is an ode to the city and sounds like what we would get if Jimmy Buffett sang lead in the Marshall Tucker Band. Songs such as "Them Jeans" and "She Really Does It for Me" follow in a similar vein.

- Benjamin Opipari


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