Title - Death of a Hummingbird
Artist - Jack Barksdale
For those not in the know, Texas native Jack Barksdale has already made waves in the Americana, folk and country scenes with his immense talents as a guitarist and songwriter.
Although he may be young, the talented 14-year-old has already spent years honing his craft and finding inspiration from greats like John Prine, Townes Van Zandt and Tom Waits.
His brand new album, and his debut full-length studio recording Death of A Hummingbird is out now (via The Bugle Boy) and seamlessly melds elements of classic folk, jazz, swampy blues and traditional country.
1. Revival Song No. 3
4. Man In The Ground
5. Death of A Hummingbird
6. World Full of Nothing
7. Unnamed Colors
8. Isn’t It Crazy
9. Before The Devil Knows
10. Wishing Well
11. Bugle Boy Blues
Whereas Live From Niles City, Barksdale’s full live album released in 2019, showcased his inarguable talents as a performer, Death of a Hummingbird introduces us all to a budding songwriter, and utterly stupendous guitar player with an old soul, and whose music will reverberate down the generations.
This mighty fine album of sculptured guitar and lyrical genius opens on the thrusting instrumental Revival Song No. 3 and the musically juxtaposed, upbeat and joyful Sideways, before then bringing us the lamenting Trances, the gritty, foot-tapping, ruefully-manicured Man In The Ground, and then the ornate storytelling of love within the title track itself.
Next up is the forcefully diligent, and amazingly precise guitar work of World Full of Nothing and the more playful ebb and flow of Unnamed Colors, which are in turn followed by more intricate guitar work on the vibrant ode within Isn’t It Crazy, then we get the more stoic, rattlesnake-imbed Before The Devil Knows, the album rounding out on the balladry hipsway of Wishing Well, closing on the heartfeltly exuberant instrumental Bugle Boy Blues.
Jack Barksdale - Man In The Ground [Official Video]
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