If there's an Americana A-Team, Will Kimbrough
is an all-star outfielder with a cannon for an arm. Guitarist of choice for Rodney Crowell, Todd Snider and Josh Rouse, Kimbrough has the lyrical knack and flat-picking chops to score big in Music City while barely recognizing the rules of the game. His latest release, the pithily titled (EP)
, finds him recording at home with just harmonica, guitar, cello, rag-tag percussion; hard luck and a harder jones for love supplant the strident politics of last year's Americanitis
. "It won't work this morning, I can't punch in," he sings on "Horseshoe Lake," alluding to both record- and soul-making. "There's too many questions under my skin." Through all the offhand interrogations and quietly searching country voice, Kimbrough's Alabama-blues bloodline runs straight and true.