Consider your cosmic country rock needs met for the summer. Trummors’ Headlands is a gorgeous sonic road trip through the beauty, sadness and mystery of the American west (or what’s left of it), packed with sunburnt pedal steel, close harmonies and sneakily sophisticated songwriting. Think New Riders of the Purple Sage, American Beauty-era Dead, Neil’s Harvest and the early 70s work of Iain Matthews (whose “Hearts” is given an absolutely perfect rendering here).
The core Trummors duo of Anne Cunningham (vocals, harmonium) and David Lerner (vocals, guitar) is joined on Headlands by a crack band of fellow travelers — especially strong throughout is Kevin Barker’s b-bender guitar work; check out the sparkling solo that closes out the appropriately named “Breezin'” or the fuzzed out blast that pleasingly interrupts “Hollis Tornado.” Roll the windows down, crank the volume up and head for the open highway with Trummors. words / t wilcox