After already gracing us with a collaborative record released with friend and touring partner Eli Winter early in the year, guitarist Cameron Knowler returns for a solo album that solidifies the songwriter’s place in the current pantheon of Western sound painters. The first taste of Places of Consequence is the patient saunter of “Puerto Suelo.” While Knowler’s past is rooted in bluegrass, he slices it into the new composition with a subtle knife. Behind an almost lilting, almost sulking jazz patter, the steady drizzle of banjo gives the song a deeper furrow. There’s a desolate sadness to “Puerto Suelo,” the kind that’s scarred by small town life well in the 21st century. Towns seem to crumble under the weight of modernity and ruins left behind carry their own specific gravity. Images of cracked signs and faded storefronts mix with strip mall ruins to form new ghost towns haunted by the same old rust of capitalism and a community unfurled. The new record is out July 16th from American Dreams Records.
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