British singer/songwriter Holly Golightly has been a fixture on the music scene for more than quarter century and has almost two dozens albums to her credit. My appreciation for her music really took off in 2007 when she teamed up with Texas multi-instrumentalist Lawyer Dave and began exploring country blues as Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs.
It’s been more than a decade since Golightly’s last full-band album, 2004’s solid “Slowly But Surely,” and she determined that was a long enough break. She got the gang back together — guitarists Ed Deegan and Bradley Burgess, drummer Bruce Brand and bassist Matt Radford — for new platter “Slowtown Now!” and it’s as though they never were apart.
“I’d been touring and recording so much with The Brokeoffs that I hadn’t done anything with my band for a long time, and I really missed playing with them,” Golightly says. “It was very easy to step back into it. We’ve worked together for so long that it’s telepathic at this point, even with the gap in between. So it was easy to just get back together in a room and pick up where we left off.”
There isn’t a bad song to be found on the efficient 12-track, 37-minute release, but pay extra attention to standout cuts “Seven Wonders,” “Frozen in Time,” “As You Go Down,” “Catch Your Fall,” “Hell to Pay” and “When I Wake.” Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)