Lincoln Durham is a roving singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, but there is much more to this raggedly-dressed, white vegetarian than meets the eye. Durham is a deviously eerie, blues wailing, one-man band. During a live show, he will go through everything from playing a cigar-box guitar–which he made himself–to banging on an old ’50s style briefcase that he’s wired an electronic pick-up into. Durham’s style is a simple, yet piercing Robert Johnson impression that will send shivers down your spine and make you wonder if he’s sold his soul to the devil. He has no shortage of knowledge of the basic blues, that is made apparent on songs such as “Living this Hard” and “Mud Puddles” where Durham belts out gravelly bars over a picked out blues beat mixed with slide guitar. Lincoln does have a softer side though, which he lets out on tracks like “Trucker’s Love Song” and “Clementine”. For the most part, his debut album, “The Shovel vs. The Howling Bones”, is exactly what you might expect: a haunting, twisting-turning, tale of loss and anguish mixed with beautifully simple instrumentals using only Durham on guitar/harmonica/god-knows-what, and Rick Richards on the drums. Durham honed his skills under the study of Texas music legend, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Richards was Hubbard’s drummer for many years. Durham opted to hold the album to as simple as possible and even sings in “Living This Hard”, “I don’t need me a little band, Mr. Davis says I’ve got a sportin’ right hand”. Durham will be dropping a new album on October 22nd that is sure to bring as much darkness into your life as his first, so if you haven’t checked out Lincoln Durham be sure to, and check out the album on October 22nd!
And, a few of my favorites:
Living This Hard – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5QGl8PgUX8
Mud Puddles – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OMa-EOiQZA
How Does the Crow Fly – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mZLXK-9kQk
Ballad of a Prodigal Son – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHp-rCuJjjM