The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit is out there somewhere playing at the Partisan, sharing the stage with the Harmed Brothers and Tom VandenAvond, meanwhile I’m sitting here in the deep and lonely south of France, listening to their latest album, “Old Excuses”. I don’t know where I’d rather be, and I can try to be in front of their stage in spirit, but hey, I can’t be everywhere now.
Old excuses came out a couple of weeks ago, and I have been listening to it since, searching in the meantime words or an angle (at least) to get this review going. Also I have been searching the deep web, and sort of got under the impression that the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit must be one of Americana’s best kept secrets. I’m not even sure how much albums they made so far. If my information is right I think “old excuses” might be the third, after “The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit (2005)” and “The Ghost of Good Manners (2009)”.
This new album (financed with help from a lot of friends through Kickstarter) features all the founding members; Chris Doud, Taylor Webster, Willy Tea, Matt Cordano, and Aaron Burtch, as well as talented newcomer, Chandler Pratt. They describe their efforts as trying to make good, honest, insightful music, that’s not afraid of a good time and a little fun, that people will move their feet to, and that also goes real well with a straight road and a long drive. And I think they made their point pretty clear with their “Old Excuses”.
The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit has been recording and performing original music since 2005 and have probably been enjoying and playing music long before they started TGLTSO. The influences which appear on the album are way to vast to even start trying to name some. The album kicks of with a nice appetizer “the wolfman”, (listen to the horns) sweet and round as a nice glas of mulled wine, followed by “The Very Best”, a beautiful song which (yeah, funny enough) I think they should do just once with Paul Simon (no not joking, he could have written this one) . Than the album takes us on a more country-tinted and bluegrass road trips, if I might say so (I don’t wanna hurt anybody’s feelings in the case of this album) and has a very well thought of playlist as it unrolls its sound and songs from out of the speakers (or your Ipodheadphone of course,… I prefer speakers, big ones). It goes a bit up and down, the album let’s you take your breathe after a good dance, and invites you even to sit down every now and than, to seriously listen to somewhat country-folkish songs (written mostly by Willy Tea I guess). Of the album “One Yard” is one of my favourites and slightly reminds me of the late Levon Helm, but than again every song on the albums is a surprise and you’ll never suspect the next pace when listening for the first time.
I saw the album ended up as a tip (? have they been listening at all ?) in the Euro Americana Charts of November, that’s nice, but what I really think is that this band should get much more attention. They deserve it, and might I say that the real good-music-loving-die-hards deserve The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit (aint it Sheather ?).