So I get Ronnie Fauss’s EP, New Songs for the Old Frontier (FTG Records), in the mail today. I play it a couple times and immediately fall in love with it. Then I play my favorite track (favorite so far – these things change) for Bucky.
“How do you like my new favorite song?:” I ask him.
“It’s good!” he says. ‘Is that Jeff Tweedy?”
“Nope,” I reply, smugly. “It’s someone you’ve never heard of.”
This is high praise from Bucky. Just saying.
So yeah, neither Bucky nor I had heard of Ronnie Fauss but, one quick listen later, we’re both fans. Listen here and you’ll see why.
Upon further research, we see some familiar names associated with the disc. It’s produced by Brent Best (The Drams, Slobberbone). And Jess Barr (The Drams, Slobberbone) plays some sweet banjo. There’s also Chad Stockslager (The Drams, The King Bucks) on keyboards. That one was hard to figure because his name is covered by the spindle for the disc but you can see a tiny picture of Chad and his keyboard.
The “Americana” style folk songs have an intimate feel and sound as if they might have been recorded live. Well recorded, lightly produced, beautifully performed. It works.
Fauss, of course, does the singing and songwriting and that’s him on the guitar, harmonica, and accordion. And he does a damn fine job.
His voice is rough and unpolished. My favorite kind. The lyrics are interesting. Stories are being told and I can tell I’m going to enjoy fleshing out those stories in my own mind.
Like someone dies in a bad way in “With Love.” It is its own murder mystery – the picture is vivid but the story is unclear. I’ll have to listen it to a few more times before I decide what I think really happened. “The Last” is a love song. Kind of sweet with nice tingly piano in the background and harmonica bridges.
Kinda sucks that the EP is only six songs, though. Hopefully, we’ll hear some more from Mr. Fauss in the near future.
But wait, there’s more!
Fauss tells us he actually did release a 3 song follow up to this EP, available only as digital download . . . So there’s that.
Stay tuned for another 6 song EP from Mr. Fauss to be released spring 2010.