Letter To Memphis “Phases” Album Review
A couple weeks ago we had musician Paul Niehaus IV on the show and he told us about a group that he was playing with called Letter To Memphis. I’ve been hearing this name quite a bit ago the St.Louis local scene. I finally got my hands on a copy of their latest release PHASES. Letters to Memphis is made up of Devon Cahill (vocals, ukulele, harmonica, percussion), Gene Starks (guitar, percussion), Paul Niehaus IV (bass, guitar, piano, organ, percussion), & Sarah Velasquez (violin, vocals). LTM started as a duo of Cahill & Starks, who also write all the songs on the album, except for a co-write with Daniel McGowan on “The Art.”
PHASES opens with “Other Life” a slow burner that really draws you in with the violin and Cahill’s voice. I found myself listening to it a few times.
Track 2 “Country Road” is the exact opposite of “Other Life” a much more upbeat, toe tapper. When I listen to it, I paint a picture in my mind of the country home, sitting on the front porch swing with a cool glass of lemonade.
“Thursday Night Blues” got me up dancing, the lay down a killer groove, and then add some harmonica (Adam Andrews). I’m sucker for some harp!
Take a listen for yourself. Buy a copy at Letter To Memphis Bandcamp page or ITunes, physical copies at shows.