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Brother Nothing

All in My Mind – 2016 (Field Music)

Reviewed by Dustin Blumhagen

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The Texas music scene is an especially fertile ground for aspiring songwriters. Free from the constraints of the business aspect of major label Nashville, artists can express themselves openly and experiment with various sounds. It is unlikely that Josh Field's gruff voice would be considered radio friendly enough for a major label executive, but that definitely does not mean that he isn't worth a listen.

The diverse music contained here seems designed like a comfortable set list. There are up-tempo songs nestled along plodding ballads. Field's voice is road worn and ragged, adding character to the lyrics. "Sorted Array" plays like Tom Waits fronting Crazy Horse, singing lyrics that Neil Young wrote. On "Nowhere Town," they veer into John Moreland territory, channeling energy into wringing sorrow from each word. Far from a straightforward acoustic songwriter album, "All in My Mind" is a varied affair, with elements of southern rock, reggae ("Hippie") and Van Morrison styled soul ("Anna Jade") moving the music in multiple directions.

Brother Nothing play heartfelt Americana supported by gritty vocals. The vocals have a rough edge, which works well with the lyrical content, but may turn off those whose tastes are more countrypolitan.