Spoonshine – Song of the Sockeye

As far as Americana goes, how much more Pacific Northwest can an album be than one named after an ode to salmon? Spoonshine are one of Seattle’s premiere Americana outfits and their latest record is true to their roots.

The record is energetic and texturally appealing through their use of different songwriting methods.

Some of my favorite lyrics come on “Hide the Bottle,” in which the chorus is “Go hide the bottle boy/From me.” The song is funnily serious but, matched with the big-band sound, it seems like an old-timey cautionary tale. Though the record holds true to the genre, Spoonshine bring some variety to the table. “Summer Queen” sounds like it was influenced by Steve Miller Band or something of that era. The next track, “Find My Way” features borderline yodeling lyrics about running water down mountains, the ocean, and other natural imagery.

Spoonshine elaborate on their diversity in almost every track, making their album a sampler platter of Americana stylings. Their speed-folk track “Robin” proves their ability to start a hootenanny at the drop of a hat, the slow-burning “By The River” is chilling, and “Thunder” closes the album out with a bang.

Spoonshine sounds like they just emerged from the woods after living their for years, panning for gold, which is a great quality for a band like them. Song of the Sockeye is a well-constructed record and should be heard by all.