108. Devendra Banhart - ‘Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon’ + El Dorado

Devendra Banhart - ‘Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon’ + El Dorado 

Ingredients:  2 ounces Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, 2 ounces fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1 tablespoon honey, lemon slice garnish

Mixing instructions:  Stir honey into tequila until dissolved.  Add lemon juice and mix in a cocktail shaker.  Serve with ices, garnish with the lemon slice.

Notes:  For listeners new to Devendra Banhart, his unorthodox style is one that many might pass on after an initial listen…not entirely unexpected considering his style is often described as “freak folk.”  However, such a quick dismissal would be unfortunate as many people will vouch for the sincerity of his songwriting and the beautifully crafted songs that make up his body of work.  For those of us who have passed the threshold though, we know that after meddling through some of the harder to accept albums and songs, there is an album so well finished that we think everyone should hear it.  At well over 60 minutes, you might imagine the album doesn’t have the fortitude to play that long… but keep with it, the highlights are met comfortably on each side of the vinyl and the LP rounds out beautifully with the incredible “I Remember” and “My Dearest Friend.”

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