Todd Adelman review…April 10, 2017…

TODD ADELMAN AND THE COUNTRY MILE

TIME WILL TELL

PORCH LANTERN MUSIC  PLM 11106

TIRED OF BEING TIRED–ALL MY TEARS (BELONG TO YOU)–I’M GONNA LOVE YOU–COMING HOME-ROAD OF TIME–ALL THAT’S LEFT IS THE BLUES–IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU–NOT A DAY GOES BY–OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN–I’M NOT YOUNG ANY MORE–NOT SURE WHAT SCARES ME MORE–MY TOWN TOO–UNDERDOG–WILD WOMEN, WHISKEY, AND WEED

Nederland, Colorado is where Todd Adelman calls home.  He is a consummate storyteller, guitarist, and composer, and his latest album, (and sixth overall), this one for Porch Lantern Music, is entitled “Time Will Tell,” and the fourteen originals herein take a long look at love, getting old, changing social mores’, and numerous other aspects of coping with everyday life, often with tongue planted firmly in-cheek.  As you listen to these songs, you can tell that Todd has listened to his share of Townes, Willie, Jerry Jeff, Springsteen, Jason Isbell, and, even that “other Jason”–Ringenberg, of legendary Scorchers fame, and they all make the story-in-the-song the thing!

The first “love song” on the set isn’t the good kind.  No, with “Alll My Tears (Belong To You),” “you left me at the altar,” with “no keepsake to hold on to.”  But, when you do find that special one, be sure to follow the lead of “I’m Gonna Love You ’til the color fades out of my eyes!”

Having trouble coping with getting older?  Hey, it happens to us all, folks, but Todd reminds us in “I’m Not Young Any More” that “I once had Time, but she was a whore–she up and leaves you for another score.”   And, in answer to the question of whatever happened to “drive-ins, five-and-dime stores, and Woody Guthrie songs,” well, they’ve all “drifted away, down the Road Of Time.”

“If It Weren’t For You, I’d be a wrecking ball” is a fine shot of alt-country, as is the set-closer, the honky-tonkin’ good time that assures us that, “on the other side of the Pearly Gates,  I know there’s gonna be Wild Women, Whiskey, And Weed!”

We’ve all had our share of good times and hard times, but Todd Adelman And The Country Mile  use the tunes in “Time Will Tell” to let us all know that it’s ok to cry, laugh, have a drink or a toke, as long as you enjoy this set in helping you cope!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

 

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