It’s been a little while but fear not, Drag the River is back and they’ve brought some friends for a split record. Four songs, two by Drag the River and two by Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves. The first listen to this I thought Drag the River knocked it out of the park but wasn’t really feeling the Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves stuff. Luckily I don’t listen to things just once, the second time around I realized how quick to judge I was as the middle of this record is almost as good as the bookends. The Drag the River songs are exactly what you’d expect, the band doing what they do best. The first song is a really slow-paced one, good for whiskey sippin. At the end of the record they’ve got a quicker paced song that’s pretty damn catchy. As for meat of this country sandwich Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves brings some good folk sounding stuff, the first song is a pretty straight forward song, something like Johnny Cash was doing on his American albums. The second song Chris brings out is something more with an, oddly enough, Drag the River sound, somewhat ironically titled ‘A Way With Women’. This is a really great song. All around this is four great song you need to check out.
1. Drag The River: Maroon
2. Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves: Together Cross The Happy River
3. Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves: A Way With Women
4. Drag The River: No Exception