Josh Rouse’s 2015 album The Embers of Time slipped under my radar that year, but I’m finally catching up. (I don’t know how I missed it, I’m a fan.)
One song grabbed me immediately, “New Young.” It opens with a lilting piano part, which leads to a nice harmonica and pedal steel whine, sounding very much like one of my all-time musical heroes, Neil Young.
Now, no, he’s clearly not Neil, but this is a damn spot-on hat tip. Josh excels at capturing the essence of a past sound, which is all over his 1972 and Nashville albums.
In the song, he says
Dreamed about Neil Young last night
Rolled out of bed and rubbed my eyes
I’ll never be that good, you know
“New Young” feels like listening to Neil Young with a better voice. But you be the judge.