Joshua Black Wilkins - Settling The Dust LP
Joshua Black Wilkins sings with a conviction and attitude that makes no apologies and is delivered with a gruff and tainted passion that can only be attained from living through some shit. There is a deep growl in the tone of his voice, scratched and scarred with the stories that spring forth from his chest and out his mouth, stories that mean something. Stories that hit you in a place where other songs just can’t. Settling the Dust is able to maintain the “outlaw” attitude but mixes it with something so much deeper. “Church on the Hill” is one of my favorite tunes, not just on this record, but just in general. There is just something so blue collar America, real and genuine about this tune. The arrangement as well is wonderful. How something gritty and downtrodden can be beautiful, I don’t know, but this is a prime of example of how it can be. A simple acoustic guitar that lays over some additional pickin ala banjo and bass notes ringing out over. This is where songwriting really shines.