Born out of the bluegrass of Kentucky, the two man wrecking crew known as Goshen has fired up another down-and-dirty slide-blues marvel in Lioness. Guitarist/vocalist Grant Hayunga and drummer Jim Palmer farm the same territory as the White Stripes and Black Keys to produce dizzying, blessed-out blues rock with touches of surf guitar and Crazy Horse-like aplomb.
Veterans of the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic, Hayunga and Palmer tap into the vein of dark psychedelia on "To Begin Again," which, at times, sounds like Airplane-era Jorma Kaukonen on steroids. Bounding back and forth between the surreal folk numbers, "Son of a Gun" and "Don't Know Your Name," to the sharp electric stabs of "Jesus Loves a Jezebel" and "Gun Blue," Hayunga and Palmer conjure up epic, staccato minefields with brazen and bruising improvised brilliance.
Lioness marks another turn of the corner for stripped, garage based blues revisionism, and announces the presence and ballsy guitar-drumming mastery of Goshen.
Lioness is now available on Frogville Records