TITLE: How We Handle Our Midnights
YEAR RELEASED: 2003
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe on an alt-country satellite radio station.
LINEUP: Joey Kneiser, Bingham Barnes, Maggie Gresham, Jason Manley, Gregory Jacks
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Rock-and-roll edged alt-country fits right in with several Americana other bands, and can still write a country-tinged weeper if need be.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Glossary had been kicking around for a few years before this 2003 record, and while they’re still a relatively unknown quantity outside of the alt-country world, they deserve to be heard.
While the do employ traditional country music instruments (pedal steel, violin) at times, they do best when they want to rock. They probably rock harder than Drive By Truckers, a band where there’s no doubt comparisons (even though DBT is really their own thing, to be honest) but everything has a twinge of the doubt, regret and twang that makes for good alt-country.
Finding unknown bands like this is what I love to do in this project. This is fine alt-country and it’s a great album for rock fans too if you don’t mind a bit of twang.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They have two earlier albums released on small labels. Neither are streaming, though you can buy the second one on their website.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A-: It’s a diverse and enjoyable record that defty lands in both the rock and alt-country spaces.