2020 – Emily Duff / Mr Mudshow Music
By Phillip Smith; April 18, 2020
I’m loving this new disc, Born on the Ground from New York City troubadour Emily Duff. Her introspective lyrics on this nine-track break-up album are wonderfully delivered with a heaping helping of soulful country twang. With Duff on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, her band consists of Scott Aldrich on electric guitar, Skip Ward on bass, Charlie Giordano on piano/organ, Kenny Soule on drums/percussion, Eric Amble on electric guitar, and background vocalists Mary Lee Kortes, Syd Straw, and Tricia Scotti.
In title track “Born on the Ground”, Duff sings ‘When you’re born on the ground, you’re dead inside.’. Her powerful and poignant lyrics go head to head with masterful writers such as Bob Dylan and Lucinda Williams, as she sings them with a voice made for western music. I instantly fall for “Easy Go”. From the beginning of this up-tempo song, I’m pulled right in, lured by its strong pulse and infectious riffs. There’s a deliciously dark Tom Waits energy in the playfully sublime “No Escape”. It’s bluesy and cool as hell. Duff is not one to be reckoned with as she belts out “Knuckle Sandwich”. She tackles the song with a fearless, punk attitude, and tops it with driving guitar, crashing drums, and barrelhouse piano. I can’t get enough of this one. It’s definitely my favorite.
Born on the Ground is a superb album of all original songs which have certainly grabbed my attention. This is a record I highly recommend.
For more information about the artist, visit this website – emilyduff.bandcamp.com
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