Kent Eugene Goolsby – Temper of the Times (2016)

Posted by Zorn on January 9, 2017as

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Smokey and spirited, the new album Temper Of The Times is an Americana send-up from East Nashville, Tennessee singer/songwriter Kent Eugene Goolsby. With a weathered voice and timeless themes, Temper Of The Times comes fully realized as a dense, yet catchy collection of songs about the transitional moments that come to define our lives. With lines like “You never know what it takes to survive – until you’ve lived” – from “Rock Of Ages” and “An old man’s days are hours… and youth seemed so routine” – from “Time Of My Life”, Kent romanticises the journey rather than the destination.

Influenced by such musical heavyweights as Bruce Springsteen & Bob Dylan as well as southern authors Cormac McCarthy & Larry Brown -Temper Of The Times finds Kent at his most lyrically ambitious, while grounding the sound in 70’s era production. Rollicking guitars give way to scorched earth, Neil Young-like solos and a grooving rhythm section punctuates the album throughout.

While the lingering significance of being raised in a small Tennessee town weaves its way throughout the album (“We were subject to superstition and measured by myths – We had big ideas but a small town address” – from “Beyond The Frame”), it’s presence is distilled through a decade of songs, shows and seeking. Temper Of The Times is an album for the seekers, those who believe the journey is far from over.

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