The album starts off with party song "Hell" but dips quickly into the aforementioned "The Sad Surgeon." Salt ebbs and flows (see what I did there?) between ups and downs, displaying the band's lock-step rhythm in faster songs like "Two Separate Things" and showcasing their emotional depth with crooners like the album's closer "Ambrose." Tatters & Rags is country at its best: damn good songwriting combined with damn good playing. These songs will make you want to strap on your cowboy boots (or go out and buy some) and line dance (or try to learn how if you don't already.)
If at this point you're thinking, "damn! Wish I could see these guys live!" then, my NYC and Philly friends, you are in luck. Tatters & Rags will be playing my favorite venue, Union Hall, tomorrow, August 19, with Philly greats Northern Arms and Adobe & Teardrops girlcrush Girls on Grass! Find info here.
8/19 - Brooklyn @ Union Hall - w/ Girls on Grass, Northern Arms
8/20 - Philadelphia @ Johnny Brenda's - w/ Northern Arms, My Son Bison
10/14 - Brooklyn @ Hometown BBQ