Album Review

Boy Named Banjo - DUSK

In the current climate of super-sized albums, this nine-song major label debut from Boy Named Banjo feels like a breath of fresh air.

Boy Named Banjo - Dusk Album Cover
October 6, 2023 9:26 am GMT

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Boy Named Banjo - DUSK

Label: Mercury Nashville / UMG

Release Date: September 29, 2023

Producer: Oscar Charles

Tracklisting:

1. Something ‘Bout A Sunset

2. Heart Attack

3. Feel For You (Dusk)

4. Young Forever

5. Whiskey Dreams

6. Mama, I’m Misbehavin’

7. Goodbyes Are Sad

8. Lonely In This Town

9. Opposite Directions

In the current climate of super-sized albums, this nine-song major label debut from Boy Named Banjo feels like a breath of fresh air.

Fueled by countrified versions of U2-inspired arena anthems ('Something 'Bout A Sunset'), rockabilly ragers ('Heart Attack', ‘Whiskey Dreams’) and grappling with their lives as entertainers (‘Mama, I’m Midbehavin’’), the five-piece’s fusion of bluegrass, folk-rock and everything in between all but blurs the lines between country’s famed Music Row and Americana’s haven of Laurel Canyon.

Sprinkling in their tight three-part harmonies and organic instrumentation, Dusk possesses a lot of nuance. It’s best exemplified in ‘Goodbyes Are Sad’, reiterating one of life’s undeniable truths that comes in so many different forms.

Though dripping in lyrical melancholy – without trying to overcomplicate its simple messaging – the production allows you to forget just how heavy the prose is. This quality can be applied throughout much of DUSK, including the breezy break-up ballad of ‘Lonely In This Town’.

Void of sounding like a 2023 remake of beloved figures or classic tunes, the record’s 30-minute runtime doesn’t seek to follow any pre-approved formula for country success. It thrives in doing so.

8.5 / 10

Boy Named Banjo's 2023 album, DUSK, is out now via Mercury Nashville / UMG.

Written by Lydia Farthing
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