“a ton of heart and soul ” ~No Depression
“…raw and gritty with moments of crystalline beauty.” ~ popmatters.com
Produced by Jonathan Byrd with assistance from Corin Raymond, tracked in Manitoba, Canada, in two days by people who’d never met each other. Kicking off with a chugging bassline from a lost 60’s spy movie, You Can’t Outrun The Radio is a wild ride where ten songs smolder and spark between elements of intimacy and escape, freedom and self-destruction, destiny and chance. Creatures human and otherwise flee from their natural limits in the midst of infinity. Byrd tells their stories well.
Byrd and his ace team run from Rockabilly (“.38 Baby”) to classic country (“Starlight”) to hard core Harry Smith Americana (Poor Johnny). From the midst of these familiar sounds rises “Pale Rider,” with its eerie cumulative imagery painting a death-driven landscape. “Working Offshore,” another of Byrd’s greatest songs, portrays what it takes on the human level to provide the energy celebrated in “Mama’s Got Wheels” and “A Big Truck Brought It.” Weird America persists, Byrd suggests, reaching down into Mexico (“Slip Away”), up through Canada and out into space (“Close Enough to Touch”). Powerful and provocative, You Can’t Outrun The Radio references Byrd’s earlier explorations without repeating them.
1. .38 Baby
2. Slip Away
4. Mama’s Got Wheels
5. A Big Truck Brought It by (Rob Vaarmeyer & Corin Raymond)
6. Pale Rider
7. Poor Johnny
8. Working Offshore
9. You Can’t Outrun the Radio (J Byrd & Anthony Da Costa
10. Close Enough to Touch
Guitarist Grant Siemens, usually with Alberta cowpunk Corb Lund, twangs out stunning updates of Stephen Bruton and Bill Kirchen. Drummer Joanna Miller (Scott Nolan, Mary Gauthier) coasts on a smoky, behind-the-beat feel reminiscent of Roger Hawkins. Bassist Rejean Ricard, of Winnipeg locals The Wind Ups, alternately summons Tim Drummond and Brian Ritchie. Gluing it all together with smoke and soul are vocalists Alexa and Andrina. Corin Raymond makes a cameo on a truck-song harmony.