BY FRED MILLS
Hailed as the “kings of kudzu boogie” in their hometown of Asheville, NC, Turchi may not yet be musical royalty, but as far as the second part of that musical equation goes, the inherent Southern sonic serendipity evinced throughout this 5-song 10”-er is profound indeed. Minimalist odes (the Lou Reed-esque “Any Other Way”) bump up against straight-up north Mississippi jukejoint blooze (“My Time Ain’t Now”) and spooky, ghostly trance grooves (a cover of Josh Ritter’s great “Mind’s Eye,” which features some killer slide-git licks). Dig it, bruthas and sistahs of the cotton.
The band trundled down the mountains and over to Memphis to record this vinyl platter at Ardent Studios, but nothing was lost in the translation. As with another regional fave of yours truly (Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work, reviewed here), the roots wrangling here makes for some fine inspiration, be it meditation or simply hard drinking. It’s up to you. Consumer note: Initial copies of the 10” record come on sweet clear vinyl!
DOWNLOAD: “My Time Ain’t Now,” “Mind’s Eye”