In this week's Homespun column, I took a few listens to Reconsider, the sophomore effort from local country quartet the Linemen. Here's an excerpt:
"...if the band's debut was a showcase for [lead singer/guitarist Kevin] Butterfield's talents, Reconsider is more of a band album. Bassist Greg Lamb and guitarist/pedal-steel whiz Scott Swartz contribute songs and vocals this time around, and the record is better for it. The addition of guest keyboardists Ronnie Bell and Dave Grelle (of the Feed) fills out these songs and creates a little more nuance (and rock & roll muscle) this time around. But even with other singers and musicians stepping up, the Linemen remains Butterfield's baby. The album's best track, the short and bittersweet "Love You at All," features only him and an acoustic guitar. It's clear that he needs little else to make his point.
You can read the rest of the review here To celebrate the release of Reconsider, the Linemen will host a release show this Saturday, February 21, at Off Broadway. Theodore and Jesse Irwin will open the show, which starts at 9 p.m. and costs $10. Sample an MP3 from the album below.