Dixie Ghost, Dixie Ghost
It’s a toss-up whether it’s “Dixie Ghost” or “Dixieghost”—the CD cover I have says it’s one word, a different cover image online has it as two, and Google’s split pretty evenly. Either way, this young four-piece arrives on the scene with considerable promise with this debut EP of country-ish folk rock. It’s a laid-back record, its tone equal parts Workingman’s Dead, Neil Young’s Harvest, and Whiskeytown’s Strangers Almanac, and shows off accomplished songwriting. The biggest fault of the disc is that it’s maybe a little too laid-back—even the fast songs shuffle along at an easy gallop, and only opening track “Mickey Greene,” with flashy reverbed guitar leads and a locomotive “Folsom Prison Blues” rhythm, stands out from the otherwise polite, largely acoustic ballads and mid-paced numbers.