SoundTrack Web Extra: Long Time Between Drinks

Long Time Between DrinksMark Appleford’s second solo outing — isn’t paving new ground or pushing any boundaries, but for fans of gritty blues, the frequent downtown performer has crafted a heartfelt full-length that should be more than adequate to satisfy an appetite for roadhouse-worthy rock n’ roll. 

Appleford seems most at home alongside his raspy harmonica on rowdy blues romps like “Last Look,” “Overhead Low” and “Little Drunken Ghost,” but his gravely voice is almost equally fitting for the dreamy verses of “82 Days” and “Lady of Second Chances.”  Surprisingly though, it’s somewhere in between where Long Time Between Drinks really begins to shine. On subdued, breezy rock tunes like “Hello Welcome” and “Easy Chair,” Appleford’s voice takes on a Tom Petty meets Jeff Tweedy tone that evokes a warm Americana feel which is noticeably absent thereafter. Similarly, the noodling lead guitar — which manages to remain tastefully prevalent throughout the verse of the latter track — scarcely makes another appearance on the album. All in all, Long Time Between Drinks isn’t going to change your life, but the album’s high points certainly justify a giving it a listen. 


Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

One thought on “SoundTrack Web Extra: Long Time Between Drinks

  1. who

    Wow, in consideration of all the life changing music coming out of Asheville,…

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.