Chuck Mead / Press

““It took me somewhere I never thought I’d go,” Mead said. “I said yes, even though I didn’t have a clue how to do something like that. I’d never have guessed it would have been one of the most incredible experiences of my life.””

“The range of Chuck Mead’s country, blues and rock sounds here is impressively adroit. If he sometimes undermines his tragic themes with smart-aleck phrasing and the occasionally obvious rhyme, well, you could hear that as part of his strategy, as well. He wants to lull you into thinking you’re experiencing the kind of songs you’ve heard before, only to leave you as surprised as his narrators about how their sorry lives turn out.”