Cosmic country is alive and well with Shinglers carrying the torch into 2021 with the quartet’s debut single, “Far Away and Near” out now on Bandcamp. Checking all of the boxes for a classic honky-tonk tune, it’s got well-crafted lyrics, a chorus perfect for drunkenly singing along to, and (this is important) the accompanying lap steel slide riffs. At times there’s even a ghost town saloon feel carried through the parlor piano sprinkled in. With the band’s first record set for release in the near future, “Far Away and Near” is a first glimpse down a long dusty road that will leave you eager to take the ride with Shinglers.
Listen If You Like: Waylon Jennings, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons
Review by Sarah Ronan