By Lupen Crook
When Lupen Crook's fragile, heartbreaking voice echoes out against a backdrop of country-based folkified O'Brother Where Art Thou banjos, pianos, double bass, fiddles (reversed!) and deep, beautifully low, four-part male vocal harmonies (phew!), I know I'm in deep-west acoustic heaven.
This is A Silver Boot For Sam, Lupen's second single from his debut album Accidents Occur While Sleeping and to me it's absolute banjoing bliss.
I can just imagine myself sat on a Nebraska porch, the middle-of-nowhere-mid-west, in some run down old cabin, eating cold beaked beans from a tin, while my redneck brother-in-law and granddaddy Boppa play merry fiddley music till either the cows come home or the scraggy old dog on grand momma's old rug howls itself to sleep, barking at the glistening bluey black star filled sky. Yee-haw!
You can get hold of this single on various CD and vinyl formats which B-sides may or may not include two tracks from either Shake Baby Shake (which I swear I've heard on some dodgy sofa/car/general consumer tat ad of which cannot be named at this present time), Washing Blood From My Hands, The Hidden Track or The Lost Belonging - all of which are enjoyable brilliant in their own warped country, folky, bluesy, bluegrassy way.