Last week while riding on a motorcycle from Detroit to Austin, I fell in love with a new record, The Lucky Ones Forget from Craig Brown Band, of Detroit, out on Third Man. The band straddles that blurred line between rock n roll and hillbilly, like so many great bands before, and they do it well, y’all.
I’ve seen the band play live a couple of times in Detroit, and they always put on a great show. But unlike a lot of new bands, the group carries the playful vibe of their shows and videos onto their album while still sounding good. Like really good.
Lyrically, the songs are unique in a familiar way. Like the kind of conversations you have at 3am when there’s only two or three of you left at the party and you’re feeling heady with exhaustion, alcohol and camaraderie. The band is tight, there are no subpar musicians here. The backup vocals are sweet and warm, pulling the whole group together. Each song leaves you feeling like you were just on the receiving end of a really good hug.
The Craig Brown Band is on tour right now and I can’t recommend checking out a show enough. It’s sure to be a great time.