Backyard Tire Fire | Skin and Bones (EP)
The sophomore EP from Backyard Tire Fire has enough big guitars and hard-luck yowl from Easy Ed Anderson to demonstrate a love for heavy roots music and make a bid for the title of their generation's Crazy Horse. When "Tired of Being Tired" lumbers out of the speakers with an ominous gait, it has all the foreboding grit and guitar wail as "Down by the River." (Side note, do check out the new live version of "Down By The River" that Neil & Crazy Horse just released from Fillmore East.) The lone appearance of an acoustic guitar, on "Don't Know What to Do," is breezy and refreshing, but the band is at its best on boot stomping numbers like "Downtime" and "Blood on the Strings." Also of note is the live cover of Barry Cowsill (the Bonaduce of the real life Partridge Family) and his ode to scoring on the streets, "Crack Alley." - GK/TK

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