Country loving friends and family (by which I mean my Dad and my mate Martin) will probably be surprised it’s taken me this long to post something from this album, given that when I listened to it for the first time just before Christmas I sent messages to both telling them to check it out.
For anyone who longs for the days when Country music doesn’t sound quite so polished as the modern stuff does, and who loves the Outlaw bracket of Country music (Cash, Kristofferson, Haggard), Loney Hutchins’ Buried Loot: Demos from the House of Cash and Outlaw Era, ‘73-‘78 is a real treat; a double album of previously unheard nuggets from the previously unheard man in a dodgy hat.
Hutchins worked for Johnny Cash’s publishing imprint House of Cash for a five-year stretch during the 70s, and did release a couple of albums – one in the 70s, another in the 90s, with the time in between spent in the world of music therapy, writing and performing for survivors of traumatic brain injury – but they made little to no impression. Buried Loot... goes some way to redressing that with literally not one duff track on it.
Don’t be put off by the word “Demos” in the title either; these are not scratchy initial drafts recorded on a cassette, but fully formed and produced songs on an album which has become one of my favourite discoveries in the past few years.
I could have picked any of the 24 tracks on this gold-mine to post here, and it’s taken me a very pleasantly spent hour or so listening to the whole thing again trying to decide which song to post, so doubtless I’ll return to it soon enough.
I think I’ve built this up enough now, so here you go. I hope you love this as much as I do: