Although I've been a Johnny Cash fan for quite a while, I tend to approach straight-up country music with some trepidation (although I wouldn't pigeon-hole Cash in this category - he's much more of a genre of his own). Sure I listened to Uncle Tupelo and Cracker back in the early 90's, but since then my boots haven't taken me down the alt-country road all that much. In the last year I've been taken in by Neko Case's music, but that's a story for another post.
With that disclaimer out of the way, let me get onto Limbeck. The band formed back in 1999 in Orange County, California and has since released a couple full length albums as well as some EP's and singles. On April 10th, the band is poised to release their third full length album, the self-titled Limbeck. Although classifiable as alt-country, instead of just sticking to the twangy cowboy sound, their album employs ukulele, bar chimes, vocoder, horns and strings to bolster the melodies. Sure there are a couple tracks that just scream "play me in a Ford F-150 with an extended cab and a shotgun rack in the back window," but there are also some tracks on the pop end of the spectrum as well. Although both tracks below fall inbetween, "Big Drag," the first track below, drifts toward F-150 country, and "Let's Get Crazy" appeals more to the top 40 crowd. Enjoy both and then pick up the album when it comes out on the 10th.
Limbeck - Big Drag : Limbeck
Limbeck - Let's Get Crazy : Limbeck
and here's one from their last release...
Limbeck - Let's Talk About the Weather : Big Drag