Abandoned Companions & The Abandoned Companions Companion Piece (Watson Entertainment)
The first thing you’ll notice when you see this CD is the unique, hand-tooled leather packaging. This and the bound liner notes within are hints at the dedication to craft that is seen not only in the unusual package but also heard in the songs themselves.
Dave McEathron shows the roots-rock chops he earned as part of the Warped 45s but has really come home in this stripped down, folkier sound. The included four-song EP adds a little edge to several of the songs and also includes a couple more that hearken back to his early days.
Extremely skilled with a turn of phrase, McEathron’s talent for storytelling takes you into worlds of hard luck, broken hearts, and simply figuring out which way the winds of change will blow you. There is something wellworn about these songs, a comfortable feeling of homecoming. The more you listen, the more you hear—with little details in lyrics and lovely acoustic instrumentation taking you deeper into each song.
Stand-out tracks are the David Francey co-write Luck and His Mother Named Him Angel, the story of a blue-collar worker who changes his name because, “Who could ever be that good?” Authenticity is a word that gets tossed around a lot these days but everything about this project is authentic, relatable, and real.