Love Me Like The Devil

by Leatherbag

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Leatherbag’s voice is rough hewn with a weariness expressed in the best folk songs, but the scratchiness of his singing isn’t overpowering. Rather it shades these songs gently with age and a wise-beyond-his-years sound in the vein of William Elliot Whitmore. The songs also move with a mysterious, slightly uneven phrasing that makes it seem as if only he could properly sing them. But those unique inflections and pauses also keep the songs interesting and rewarding amid the album’s overall lack of variation.

The opening track, “Tennessee,” may be the best on the album. Like Springsteen’s “The River” or “Thunder Road,” the destination becomes an illusion of escape and hope, filtered through a lonesome memory: “Cruising down the highway listening to my daddy’s stereo / Lou Reed’s singin’ a song that both of us know / She said this is alright with me / I can follow these jagged lines all the way to Tennessee.” The droning cello and quivering slide guitar give the songs the feel of late night cigarettes smoking out a solitary heartbreak, and even a love song like “Karrie’s Song” is tinged with a feeling of longing and loss.

Leatherbag’s songwriting hovers on the edges of Cohen and Dylan, especially on the brilliant “Jenny from Milwaukee.” His best songs also seem to recall Richard Buckner’s Bloomed in their atmosphere and lyrics, and a touch of Smog’s recent work in their intensity. But those comparisons should only emphasize the singularity of Leatherbag’s songwriting and the exceptionalness of the album.

--Doug Freeman

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released September 25, 2006

Randy Reynolds-Nylon Guitar/Vocals
TJ-Cello
Seth-Lap Steel
Karrie/David/Rhonda/John-backing vocals

Recorded at Superpop Records
Recorded/Mixed/Engineered/Mastered by Seth Gibbs
Art/Design by RT

All Songs Randy Reynolds Music ASCAP

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Leatherbag Austin, Texas

Leatherbag began as a 2 piece band formed by singer-songwriter, Randy Reynolds after his move to Austin right before Hurricane Rita in 2005. The band reached it's height as a 4 piece in 2009, performing at the Austin City Limit's Music Festival and for the PBS web series 'Sattelite Sets' filmed in the historic 6A Studio at KLRU-TV. ... more

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