Rocky Votolato has that voice; the voice that can haunt your dreams, but at the same time bring so much joy to your heart that it runs risk of imploding. He has been known to bring his original southern spirit and intermingle it with the Elliot Smith-like aura of the Northwest indie folk scene. This notable wordsmith’s latest LP, True Devotion, contains one of his finest tracks to date: “Red River”. While sounding like a punk rock vocalist caught in an emotional drunken stupor (a possible nod to brother Cody of Jaguar Love / The Blood Brothers), our folk rock hero tells a wonderful tale of search and denial, a dire need for the stare and swagger of a true and absolute answer to the meaning of life. This song is a beautiful portrayal of the confusion that is beset in the minds of everyone who has ever taken the time to contemplate our “need to know” on the topics life, death, and the lovely tragedies that occur in between. Long time fans should expect nothing less than excellence, but for those just tuning in, welcome to the earth shattering display of realism that is a Rocky Votolato song.
True Devotion was released late last month on Barsuk Records
Download: “Red River” by Rocky Votolato
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