11 covers of songs by several of Johan Asherton’s favorite songwriters, including Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, David Blue, Tim Hardin, and Jackson C. Frank among others.The album features contributions by Stephane Dambry (dobro, banjo, mandolin), Sarah Smith (fiddle), Eleonore Chomant (vocals) and Laurent Pardo (bass, cello).
Street Dogs is a testament to how a veteran band can remain vibrant, relevant and continue to progress. The folk/jazz infused “Angels Don’t Sing The Blues”, the flowing “Poorhouse of Positive Thinking”, the boogie blues of “Street Dogs for Breakfast” and the epic New Orleans inspired “Cease Fire”, with it’s Radiohead-like interlude, have a swing and a swagger the runs through much of the album. Panic’s rock and blues roots shine brightly on renditions Alan Price’s “Sell Sell”, Murray McLauchlan’s “Honky Red” and Willie Dixon’s “Taildragger”, made famous by Howlin’ Wolf.
This is Eastbound Jesus’ third studio recording and follows on from last year’s excellent live album; all this as well as a hard touring schedule since their inception in 2010. Their sound hasn’t changed a great deal in that time, nor did it need to, but there has been a ‘hardening off’ or perhaps a maturation in their hugely pleasurable take on a powerful alt. country sound that has elements of bluegrass and other roots strains. To a degree I am reminded of the Old Crow Medicine Show, not in terms of their sound but because there is an exuberance and life to their music that few other bands possess. Certainly there are other areas of similarity, such as their virtuosity, although that fiery commitment is what stands out, almost as if the two bands are interchangeable, dependant on whether they want to play alt. country or a strain of the older traditional acoustic music that the Old Crows play.