Todd Adelman & The Love Handles has reached #4 on the National Roots Chart, #1 on the Colorado Roots Chart and has broken into the AMA top 100 as of Nov. 9, 2009.
“I’ll call this one now … easily the BEST alternative country record of the year out of Colorado – and maybe the best alt-country record I’ve heard this past year, period. As I sit and listen to this record from beginning to end, yet one more time, what comes to mind is some of the best of Gram Parsons and absolutely among the best of Ryan Adams “country” records. Yes, this is heady company to place Todd’s voice and songs in, but it fits. I am instantly transported to my youth listening to the Byrd’s Sweethearts of the Rodeo, the Flying Burrito Brothers and then records like Whiskeytown’s Faithless Street in the early nineties. Had this record come out about the time of Steve Earle’s Exit 0 or Dwight’s Lookin’ for A Hit, or early Uncle Tupelo or Wilco, Todd would be a venerable heritage name today in the alt-country field. As it stands today, I’ll place this one high on the shelf of newly discovered lost rare gems of Americana/Alt-country-rock … it’s really really really that good. A solid ’10′”
“Todd Adelman has done it again. In 2006, when he released Henry’s Diner, this writer called the Nederland-based singer/songwriter “brilliant,” and said that Adelman was defining roots folk Americana.
His latest release, which drops this month, titled Todd Adelman and the Love Handles, follows suit.
Honest, heartfelt and personal, this release showcases, once again, Adelman’s ability to combine rock, country and folk into one seemless package that not only gives courteous nods to his legendary predecessors, from Neil Young to Uncle Tupelo, but also forges its own path of uniqueness.
The album also features a new backing band behind Adelman that is as impressive as the songwriting. With Bret Billings on pedal steel, Don Ambory and Greg Schochet on telecaster, Beth Amsel on harmony vocals and a rhythm section of bassist Lee Alexander and drummer Diego Voglino, Adelman delivers an album that could be one of the best country folk recordings to come out of the hills of Nederland since Nitty Gritty Dirt Band threw down tracks at the now-gone Caribou Ranch Studio.
If you like a little twang with your folk, grab this album. It won’t disappoint.