The Americans - I'll Be Yours

by Jim Harris Rating:9 Release Date:2017-07-07

You have to be careful if you have a preconceived notion that Los Angeles is only home to rich kids driving BMWs and other assorted upscale convertibles, on their way to the beach while listening to the latest surfer-psych band. The California west coast, after all, gave birth to Cracker.  Now, a band with the audacity to name themselves The Americans pops up.

This is a young band but man, what a pedigree they bring. Jack White put them in a roots documentary and Reese Witherspoon had them play at her wedding. (How can you get any more LA than that?)

Well, the bottom line is The Americans live up to their up-and-coming reputation.  They are without question the real deal and play their own brand of Alternative Americana roots music like I don’t believe I’ve heard in a very long time.

I have trouble with the tendency of modern purveyors of Americana roots to delve a bit too far into the artsy, commercial category (Wilco, Mumford and Sons, Ryan Adams...etc).  They have almost stepped into the Americana genre just to get attention.  Wilco bore me with those self-conscious fluff songs that dot their albums, Mumford and Sons are what, trying to be Coldplay now? And Ryan Adams, him and Elvis Costello head my most overrated list.

Thank your respective Lord for The Americans.  With songs like ‘Last Chance’, ‘Stowaway’, and ‘Harbor Lane’ they beg stronger comparisons to Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash than the New Jersey dude, Springsteen, that so many Americana bands continually emulate. (The Dawes being one of those LA bands. Trouble with their sound completely derivative and uninteresting…)

I’ll Be Yours is one great song followed by another as the vocalist/guitarist, Patrick Ferris and his three band mates blend near traditional country, rockabilly, hard Americana, and whatever else takes their rock and roll fancy through 11 songs and 42 minutes of strikingly original music.  Supposedly they bring banjos and fiddles along in concert.  I’ll buy a ticket.  Don’t pass on The Americans and I wouldn’t worry about them struggling to come up with gimmicks to keep their success going.  This is 21st Century Americana as it should be and, it appears, they have their vision in place. Jack White, T Bone Burnett, and Reese Witherspoon aren’t wrong about this band.

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5 out of 5 stars