So soulful, unhurried and genuine in nature is Trailerhawk’s newest single, Cold Day. From the Vancouver band’s April release of album, Paid in Full, Trailerhawk delivers Americana, Tennessee Valley, Coal Miner’s daughter vibes with irresistible instrumentation. Folks, every song does not need a guitar solo and these guys are living proof. They, in fact, have the goods to overplay, over sing, overproduce, but don’t. They completely capture their genre and deliver it on time.
This is another band that I got hooked on while reviewing their single; I decided to stream the band’s other work this past weekend, then get to work on the review, makes for a great weekend and a busy Monday.
Vocally speaking, there’s a treasure trove here. Carmen Bruno is the kind of singer that would lose on The Voice, not enough vocal gymnastics, yet she was the best singer that evening, that’s what makes her a winner. She (and the band) are song servants. It’s what makes great artists. If it does not serve the song, it’s out. Simple as that. Bruno is an amalgamation of a thousand singers named Lynn, Mavis Staples, Dolly and Patsy, all under the watchful eye of Aretha Franklin phrasing.
Cold Day, logistically speaking is a continual build, an addictive track, it materializes right before your very ears until its poignant crescendo. This band is so responsible, so professional and the envy of any performer with a throw-together lineup behind them. Listeners are treated to the great country and RnB tones of vintage equipment, buttery tube amps, unfettered with guitar sounds, period tremolo/reverb, fingers squeaks on the strings, Cropper-esque fills, et al. Emotional sections of Cold Day are created by humans, they’re persuaded by the very hands playing the parts, a quality unaccounted for today.
Other hot spots? Pretty Thing, Church of Jim Beam and Shy should get you started on your Trailerhawk journey. Cold Day is bona fide single, it’s packed with emotion, served on the best paper plates money can buy, alongside award-winning potato salad. I can’t think of anything better.