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Albums Of The Week: The Kernal | Listen To The Blood

The alt-country enigma continues to two-step down the line between tradition & rebellion with his latest mashup of old-school twang & claustrophobic weirdness.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “With a storyteller’s eye and sly sense of humor that echoes not only his “honorary uncle” Del Reeves, but Tom T. Hall and Roger Miller, The Kernal delves deep into everything from family dysfunction to road trips to matters of the heart on his new LP Listen To The Blood. The music, which he describes with a laugh as “diet country,” embodies the spirit of that genre without any of the slavishness or self-seriousness of much modern Americana.

From the joyous, southern-fried grooves of U Do U and Pistol in the Pillow through the revved-up rockabilly stomp of Green Green Sky and the cinematic travelogue of Wrong Turn to Tupelo to The Fight Song, a sparkling ’80s style duet with Caitlin Rose, it’s a nine-song sequence that showcases The Kernal‘s warm, confidential voice while managing to make profound connections with the head, heart and feet.

“When people ask me what kind of music I play, I say, ‘It’s like 16-foot trailer country music,’” he says. “You pull up a hay trailer in a field and you barbecue a bunch of stuff and there are people setting off fireworks and there are kids running around in diapers with ice cream running down their bellies. You get up there, turn it up and have a good time. I just love seeing people have a good time, and I think that’s why I like country music. The groove of it. It speaks to people’s legs. They loosen up and enjoy themselves and it’s no big deal. I love that. And I love to be able to contribute to that.”