Joint Chiefs – Day In, Day Out 

Release Date: Out Now

If you are missing live music and, in particular, festivals right now then I would thoroughly recommend wrapping your ears around this album by Westcountry based outfit Joint Chiefs. The band’s take on the Country genre will immediately transport you to warm, sunny days spent sipping cider in large tents and I think we could all do with a bit of that escapism. The album kicks off with original tune ‘Isn’t It A Pity’ which has a real Johnny and June vibe about the duetting vocals of Rick Worthy and Emily Smith as they set the tone for this collection. This is followed up with their version of the Dolly Parton classic ‘Waltz Me to Heaven’ with some sombre violin weaving in and out of the three-four rhythm with the effortlessness of a country girl dancing on a balmy summer’s evening.

‘Leaving for Venus’ is another Worthy penned song which performs the unusual act of combining Country music with space travel but it works and the slapped bass notes combine perfectly with the chug of the acoustic guitar. Robert Johnson’s ‘Come On in My Kitchen’ is given a gloriously effective a cappella treatment that stops the clocks before ‘Deep Water’ introduces us to the music of Fred Rose with a playful lap steel melody flirting with the guitar and violin. The album’s title track, ‘Day In, Day Out’, is a reflective and somewhat mournful track which gives Smith the chance to really show off her sumptuous country twang as well as her more subtle vocal talents.

On ‘Woman be Wise’, the band get their country and western chops around the Wallace and Beach song with consummate ease (and more of that gorgeous lap steel) while ‘Same Mistakes’ picks up the pace as lead guitarist Phil Rossiter’s songwriting skills are given an airing. Townes Van Zandt’s ‘If I Needed You’ has had many a cover version performed in its honour but I think you’d be hard pushed to find one crafted with as much tenderness and care as this one. The album finishes up on the anthemic ‘There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop’ with a delightful country burr given by Smith to the Kirsty Macoll lyrics. Joint Chiefs are the kind of band that expertly knit together the new with the old and you can’t even see the join because their musicianship and love for the music is out of this world.