Wheel Of Life, the new album by Boris McCutcheon & The Saltlicks might as well have been released as a pair with its predecessor Bad Road, Good People. McCutcheon says so himself on his website. Attendees of his live concerts will be familiar with most of the tracks - the funny Boxspring Plow, describing a baseball game between locals and hippies in Ojo Sarco, New Mexico evolving in the need to build a plow to clear the roads, and closing track Bad Road, Good People, which failed to make the eponymous album.
Living in the desert ain't easy, but McCutcheon sings about with humor and a sense of wonder, inserting snippets of poetry. He is always curious about will happen next and it shows in his lyrics who can serve the listener a curve ball straight out of nowhere. His voice has the hoarse quality of singers like Kevn Kinney and Steve Earle. The latter released an album of Townes van Zandt songs, something McCutcheon, wanted to do too, so he settled for just one song - No Place to Fall. There are two more covers Mark Twain (Mark Ray Lewis), and Lee Harvey (Homer Henderson). It was recorded live in The Netherlands at Concert In The Woods in De Lage Vuurse.
Wheel Of Life is released on Frogville Records in the USA and on Lucky Dice in Europe.Tracks:
- What ails you?
- Clan of the Sunflower
- Boxspring Plow
- No Place to Fall
- Mullein People
- Lee Harvey
- Mark Twain
- Bad Road, Good People
Boris McCutcheon & The Saltlicks are currently on tour in The Netherlands.
- 10/30 Lage Vuursche @ Concert In The Woods
- 10/31 Ottersum @ Cultureel Podium Roepaen
- 11/01 Eindhoven @ Meneer Frits
- 11/03 Amsterdam @ Bitterzoet
- 11/04 Harderwijk @ Catharinakapel
- 11/05 Amen @ Cafe De Amer (sold out)
- 11/06 Hoorn @ Huis Verloren
- 11/07 Hengelo @ Café de Cactus