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Pokey Lafarge and his band bring a focus and energy to the American Roots genre with infectious original material that sits at the crossroads of early jazz, country blues and western swing. With his effortless charisma and distinctive charm, Pokey has crafted a genre all his own--and one that extends well beyond the music alone.

Summertime is the right time for Pokey s sun-blessed riverboat style, and June 2013 marks the release of his full length LP / CD titled simply Pokey LaFarge (produced by Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor).

1. Central Time
2. The Devil Ain t Lazy
3. What the Rain Will Bring
4. Won tcha Please Don t Do It
5. One Town at a Time
6. Kentucky Mae
7. Bowlegged Woman
8. City Summer Blues
9. Day After Day
10. Let s Get Lost
11. Close the Door
12. Home Away From Home

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 4, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Third Man Records
  • ASIN: B00D2K20J4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,080 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Vance R. Hiner on July 15, 2013
Format: Audio CD
There's something kinda spooky about this record. Pokey sounds like he's channeling the hopes and dreams of my Okie relatives who rode the rail cars out to California in the 30's. At the same time, his songs resonate in 2013, when lots of folks are struggling to stay afloat. I like it better with each spin.

The production is as rich and warm as a glowing vacuum tube in an old Magnavox radio. It's encouraging to see Jack White's label fostering real, handcrafted music like this. If you like Gillian Welch, early Andrew Bird and the Oh Brother soundtrack, you should dig Pokey LaFarge. Get the vinyl and cut a rug, baby!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Ferris on August 1, 2013
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This is a 2013 Third Man Record release. It contains twelve tracks with a total playing time of forty minutes. All but one tune are originals, written or co-written by Pokey LaFarge. The final number is the classic Fred Rose 1947 composition,"The Devil Ain't Lazy". The band plays this number with enough originality and verve, to put a smile on the late, legendary country songwriter's face.

Much ado has been placed on Pokey's image, everyone has an opinion. Some folks believe his resemblance leans somewhere between Jimmie Rogers and Clyde Barrow.
However interesting the image, it's the music that counts. There's no doubt the band has been influenced by earlier artists. Certainly, Bob Wills, Dan Hicks, Leon Redbone are a few that come to mind. All great artists are influenced by those who came before. However, make no mistake...Pokey and the band don't imitate.

This is cowboy folk, country swing with a touch of bluegrass performed in a fresh, energetic, and a very compelling original approach. The lyrics are deceivingly clever, touching and at times, amusing. The arrangements are crisp and the musicianship spot on. Pokey's vocals compliment the material perfectly and his playing puts one in mind of the great legendary guitarist, Eddie Lang. This artist and the rest of the band do not waste a note.

The production value is first rate with credit due Pokey and his co producer Ketch Secor. The album has a flawless mix provided by Brandon Bell.

This is definitely an American band that's built to last.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Judith Harland on July 25, 2013
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This album is so well made and produced---very talented people. The music is jazzy, bluesy--out of the 30's era. Generally I don't listen to this genre , however, I saw them on the Dave Letterman show---the audience went wild and I loved it---so I bought the album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bowman TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 12, 2013
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It doesn't take long to realise that Pokey LaFarge was born to play this kind of music. Emanating through his instrument, vocals and persona is a powerful trip back in time to the 1930's "dust bowl" era of American roots music.

What started out as solo act (2001) evolved into a quartet in 2009 when he joined with "The South City Three" of Joey Glynn (bass), Adam Hoskins (guitar)) and Ryan Koenig (harmonica, washboard) to form the band "Pokey LaFarge". I do believe the band has grown once more with the recent additions of TJ Muller (cornet, trombone) and Chloe Feoranzo (clarinet, saxophone). This one of those groups that lives its music making them a lot of fun to watch. Their attention to period details as well as the strong apparent camaraderie serves to heighten the experience.

They have released two other great albums, "Riverboat Soul" (2009) and "Middle of Everywhere" (2011). I do not generally listen to this type of music, but I do have a huge vinyl /CD collection, and every genre has something sterling in it, it was nice to find this and the six young people who are keeping this music alive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By anders tron-haukebo on July 17, 2013
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Great Music, Attractive Presentation!
this is on my list for NEXT BUY!
this might put a few into the 'wayback machine', but it's worth it!
Don't let their 'dorky' appearance fool ya!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Cremer on July 15, 2013
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Great music true to the period. This guy is the real thing! I look forward to purchasing his other albums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Smusz on August 8, 2013
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The instrumentals are top drawer! Every song is the bomb! Pokey Lafarge is the real deal! He either wrote all but one song on this album. Extraordinary talent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Jean Darling on December 21, 2013
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I have been listening to this CD in my car for the last 2 weeks and every time I listen I hear something WONDERFUL. I like the banjo and the harmonica, the clarinet and Pokey's voice. The song writing is great fun. I think that Central Time and Bowlegged Woman are my two favorite tracks.
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