Prairie Rehab

Philology
(self-released)

When singer and guitarist Kevin Butterfield left St. Louis, he took with him a golden voice and a starring role in the Linemen, one of this town's best Americana outfits. Fortunately, Butterfield's band mates — Scott Swartz (guitars and pedal steel), Greg Lamb (bass and vocals) and John Baldus (drums) — weren't restless for too long. The trio has teamed with singer-songwriter Lacie Mangels, who immediately makes her own mark with the help of these seasoned musicians.

Where the Linemen relished the restraints of classic, heartfelt country, Prairie Rehab uses melodic, twang-burnished folk as a springboard for several strands of genteel pop music. Mangels' lilting warble is a bit reminiscent of both Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris in places, but there's an unassuming, affectless tone to her delivery that sidesteps artifice in favor of straight-ahead harmonic accuracy. As befits the principal lyricist of an album named Philology, Mangels has the vocabulary of an ACT overachiever, and she's not afraid to drop 50-cent words such as "taciturn" and "saboteurs" throughout the disc. But she knows how to mix the sound and the sense of her phrases, and it's nice to hear a songwriter with lyrics that are so, well, lyrical. The gorgeous "Up and Away (Strawberry Roan)" is ostensibly a song about a horse, but Mangels turns it into a meditation on growth, love and loss in a few brief but loaded verses. You may have to pull the lyrics sheet out to figure out how she made you tear up in such a short space — and then you may have to listen to it five times in a row.

Of course, these songs are bound to land easily with the supportive cushion of her band. Swartz's pedal steel is a vital part of the equation, and he has a knack for tying these songs together unobtrusively. The band is aided by a few local hired guns — Grace Basement's Kevin Buckley (fiddle) and the Feed's Dave Grelle (keys) add some color and depth, as does the Funky Butt Brass Band's horn section. The guest musicians step up on the standout closing track "Rosamond Oliver," a saxophone and Hammond B3-fueled slow-burner that suggests a whole host of other possibilities for the band. Not bad for a tune based on a minor character from Jane Eyre.

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Off Broadway

3509 Lemp Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - South City

Details

Prairie Rehab CD Release
9 p.m. Saturday, February 26.
Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
21-plus: $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Under 21: $13 in advance, $15 day of show.
314-773-3363.

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The Rehab Doc
The Rehab Doc

If a person who lives in Brampton does develop an addiction to Oxycodone, it is really important that they get professional help. This includes getting accepted into a formal detoxification program. The last thing the addict should do is try to get over their addiction on their own. The withdrawal symptoms are really nasty. More severe than any flu the person has ever gone through. When the person is in the throes of the withdrawal they are going to find it impossible to sustain from taking the drug. They will find a way to get their hands on the drug.

The best place for the person to start their detoxification process is at their doctor office. The person is going to have to swallow their embarrassment and tell the doctor about their addiction. The chances are pretty good that the doctor will already have a pretty good idea about what is going on. Once the patient is able to admit to their addiction, the individual and their doctor can come up with a plan for the best way to slowly wean the addict from the drug. This process is the best way to reduce the time and severity of the withdrawal. Getting assistance from the doctor also helps the addicts look like they are serious about their withdrawal and will increase the likelihood of them quickly getting into one of Brampton’s detoxification programs.

Frank Williams
Frank Williams

Lacie is awesome. I love her music. Just to clarify one item, Lacie is from Texas, and her twang comes from Texas, not Missouri. I know this because I grew up with her

CBTX
CBTX

Lacie Mangels is amazing! What a talented artist!

 
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