With a voice that very occasionally sounds like Lennon, it’s a good job that Ian McFeron is more than capable of holding his own. He is an excellent songwriter and this, his sixth album, is filled with the quality that confirms his talent.
Not surprisingly, for someone who finances his own albums and acts as his own manager and record label, Summer Nights was recorded and mixed in a mere 10 days in East Nashville. He may have saved a little money on time, but with Patty Griffin’s long-time guitarist Doug Lancio producing the album and performing, along with the likes of Ryan Adams & the Cardinals’ drummer Brad Pemberton and former bassist Billy Mercer he certainly did not skimp on the talent in the studio.
The album opens with the lively “Shine a Little Light”, which turns out to be the least impressive track, mostly because what follows gets progressively better. First there is the sweet “I’ll Come Knockin’”, a gentle romance. However, before you get the impression this is an upbeat album, the next track is “Hard Since You’ve Been Gone” – the title says it all.
That’s followed by the excellent title track and thereafter you can only be impressed by the quality of the songwriting and the delivery. To paraphrase Kris Kristofferson, when he compares his harmonica playing to that of Dylan …”It ain’t Lennon, but it’s all we got”, and most people would be grateful to even get close.
McFeron will be touring the UK for the first time later this year along with his usual companion Alisa Milner.