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“American Dreams,” is a ruggedly broken-in record, warmly twangy guitar and sedate progressions defining a collection of honest, occasionally rollicking songs that welcome the listener to pull up a bar stool and stay awhile.
Though most tracks ponder solitude, Maple’s languid rasp dips and emboldens doboro and harmonica-laced melodies, taking listeners along on tours from West Virginia to nameless small towns to snow-capped mountain ridges.
Fusing elements of the country, blues, and bluegrass greats, “American Dreams” is comfortable like an evening on the porch watching the stars come out and the world grow quiet — though the trivialities and troubles of the day will return in the morning, the moment itself is an invaluable escape.