As founder and frontman of The Long Ryders in the early 1980s, Sid Griffin helped pioneer the music we now know as Americana, cowpunk and alternative country. He went on to a successful solo career and later formed acoustic bluegrass collective The Coal Porters.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Griffin serves up “The Trick Is to Breathe,” his first solo album in a decade. Recorded in Nashville in just four days, the 12-track gem easily ranks among the highlights of Griffin’s lengthy career.
From the opening notes of “Ode to Bobbie Gentry,” clear through to the final strains of “I’ll Forget You Very Well,” Griffin doesn’t miss a note. “Blue Yodel No. 12 & 35” is an homage to Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Dylan, and he also scores with “Between the General & the Grave,” “Everywhere,” “Front Porch Fandango” and “We’ve Run Out of Road.” This one’s a winner, folks. (Jeffrey Sisk)