Range Of The Buffalo
Over the years songs of Kerry Grombacher have been covered by some of Western Music’s most prominent practitioners. The man has been a touring professional troubadour since the 1990s. Gromacher also knows how to write and produce effectively structured, engaging songs that are grounded in history or tradition, maybe with just a dash of Kerouac thrown in for flavoring.
His newest release features works written between 2002 and 2018. Included are songs of personal experience and poetic perception (“Highway 281”), lingering effects of history and contemporary contexts (“Ghosts Of War” and “The Outlaw Trail”) and consequences (“When The Bullet Left The Gun”). More picks include the title track “Range Of The Buffalo,” “We Rode The River Til The River Ran Dry” and an important and introspective song “Badger” that sums up a lurking fear known acutely to those who are trying to perpetuate Western Music in particular. Also on hand are two duets with Aspen Black that were featured on her own release of a couple of years back, and they are picks here as well. Longtime musical confreres of Grombacher’s provide guitar, accordion, mandolin, bass, piano and drum enhancements.
Know going in this is not an album aimed at casual or background listening. It demands your attention, and it deserves to receive it. Twelve tracks, recommended.
CD: (available through kgrombacher.com)
– by Rick Huff