By Phillip Smith; Aug. 25, 2019
Good Life, the latest from Texas singer/songwriter Seth James captivated me from the beginning. Sitting in that same wheelhouse of music which encompasses the songs of John Hiatt and Delbert McClinton, this album is a bowlful of soulful Americana. James, on guitar and lead vocals is joined by Bob Britt on rhythm and slide guitar, Lynn Williams on drums, Kevin McKendree on keys, Steve Macket on bass, Jim Hoke on saxophone, Roy Agee on trombone, and Vinnie Ciesielski on trumpet. The cover art from Paul Thorn is a blast too. I can’t help but smile when it catches my eye.
Title track, “Good Life”, is a wonderfully soulful tune with a spirited and catchy hook to jam out to. I love the Memphis Stax-style delivery the band packs into “Little Angel”. James’ impassioned words in this love-letter are moving and heartfelt. For anyone who’s spent any amount of time away from their home and loved ones, “I’m Coming Home” beautifully expresses the joy-filled anticipation of returning to roost in one’s own abode. I love “Medicine Man”. It’s fun and funky rhythm is topped with a wily guitar riff, and slathered barrelhouse-friendly keys. The stand-out song on this disc, however is “Third Generation”. In this terrific selection, James takes an intelligent look at how the wealth created through hard work in one generation, is carelessly dismantled and thrown away by the third.
Good Life is a splendid mix of roots, blues, soul, and country, culminating into one fantastic album. I highly recommend it.
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