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The Two Tracks

Postcard Town – 2017 ( Self-released)

Reviewed by Lee Zimmerman

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Formed in 2014 in the far reaches of Sheridan, Wyo., a place well off the map as far as connectivity with the bigger marketplace is concerned, The Two Tracks make a sound that ought to be instantly engaging to anyone appreciative of a true down home delivery. Consequently, the band's sophomore offering, "Postcard Town," brings them as close to the mainstream as one might imagine.

The decision to recruit veteran producer and instrumentalist Will Kimbrough to oversee the proceedings certainly titled the odds in their favor as far as the accessibility factor is concerned, but in truth, it's the quartet itself that deserve the credit. Vibrant harmonies and a knack for writing eager, infectious melodies guarantee them an ability to lock on to their listeners without any hesitation whatsoever.

Granted, The Two Tracks don't attempt to pierce any parameters as far as pushing what could be considered an orthodox Americana motif, but even so, there is certain variance in these grooves. The songs, as performed by this talented band - Julie Szewc (guitar/vocals), David Huebner (cello, electric guitar, and vocals), Fred Serna (drums/percussion) and Russell Smith (upright bass) - are filled with an unbridled sense of exhortation that's genuinely difficult to resist.

Whether it's the sprightly "Eyes on the Road," a tale that touts the need to follow one's dreams; the feeling of cautious desire pinned to "Lost in the Canyon," the easy embrace of "Four Wheels" or the spiritual suggestion of "Sow 'Em on the Mountain," both passion and purpose find equal footing throughout.

Ultimately The Two Tracks' music serves as a reminder that the ability to tap tradition can pay off with a sound that's still contemporary in its delivery and insightful in its conception. Clearly, The Two Tracks are on the right track for right now.