“Dark Places” by A Valley Son starts with rolling slide-guitar that rolls and wails – then the unusual lyric delivery begins with its dire message. While the song effortlessly flows forward, a story is told about a man who speaks about life with a dark presence. While the whole tune is really good, the real star here is that guitar lick that comes at us like a freight train, all while the perfectly timed bass and percussion adds warmth and depth to the storytelling.
While firmly rooted in the Americana/Country genre, this track just shouldn’t be classified as anything, but good music – there’s touches of Springsteen with the lyricism and hints of The Allman Brothers’ style, all the while bringing a fresh and new NYC vibe to the mix. Good thing for us – we don’t have to wait for long to hear new tunes from A Valley Son as their EP, Sunset Park, is due out on 1-27.
Be sure to catch A Valley Son’s next gig at Mercury Lounge on 12-3 – Get your tickets HERE.
Article: Shayne Hanley