Sadly, it is not at all uncommon to hear some out of touch oik of a journalist declaring that 'rock' or even 'guitar music' is 'dead'. While I would certainly agree that guitar music does not feature quite so prominently in the charts as it did some ten years ago, to even think about suggesting that rock music is on its way out is a daft thing to do. Rock music is not dying; you just have to look in the right places for it. New Heavy Sounds Volume 2 is one such place.
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Upon perusing True Widow's quite-excellent-as-it-happens blog, you'll notice that the very first paragraph gives resounding thanks to their label Kemado for allowing them to make their second record. While some observers may see this as borderline desperation, what it reads to these here eyes are the words of a band eternally grateful for being given the opportunity to do what they so obviously enjoy doing best - making music. Furthermore, after several listens to 'As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth' (try saying that without taking a sharp intake of breath in-between) it soon becomes apparent that maybe the letter of gratitude should really be coming from label to artist, as not only does this record far outweigh any preconceptions one may have of its creators, particularly after 2008's so-so eponymous debut, but it also quite clearly puts the New York based imprint firmly on the map as one of the most patient and adventurous of its kind.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.