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Belle Adair, Duquette Johnston

Belle Adair, Duquette Johnston

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The breezy jangle of “Get Away,” the opening track off Belle Adair’s striking new
album, Tuscumbia, might not be the first thing you’d expect to hear from an Alabama
band named after a John Steinbeck reference. Combining mellow, atmospheric rock
and swirling, retro power-pop, it’s more Big Star than Swampers, but it’s an ideal
gateway into the blissed-out world of Belle Adair, a group that manages to make even
worry and isolation sound inviting. Recorded at Muscle Shoals’ legendary FAME Studios
with Wilco producer/engineer Tom Schick, Tuscumbia calls to mind everything from
The Byrds to Teenage Fanclub as frontman Matthew Green’s meditative lyrics navigate
a slew of major life changes, contemplate the meaning of home, and grapple with the
realities of life on the road.
While it’s been nearly five years since Belle Adair released their innovative,
adventurous debut album, ‘The Brave and the Blue,’ it’s hardly been a quiet time for
the group. Green hit the road playing bass for labelmate Dylan LeBlanc, and he and
the rest of Belle Adair took up regular gigs as the backing band for Muscle Shoals
legend Donnie Fritts and The Civil Wars’ John Paul White.
It’s little wonder that a group as dynamic and versatile as Belle Adair is as much…

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