The High Lonesome Sound of the Satyrswitch
Not unlike his labelmate Sharron Kraus, Jason Kesserling filters folk music from both the U.S. and the U.K. through his fertile brain and nimble fingers into wonderfully captivating acid folk. Sometimes he reaches beyond; his version of the venerable warhorse “Ghost Riders in the Sky” evokes the Wild Hunt of Norse mythology as much as the Wild West spirits most people associate with it. Aside from astute song choices (“Boys of Bedlam,” Poe’s “El Dorado”) and strong originals (“Angel of Wolves,” “Kindred”), Kesserling has his melodic guitar work and commanding baritone working in his favor. Not to mention the best album title I’ve read in a good long while.
– Michael Toland