GIVE IT TIME
Erik Yates' many years of touring with his fellow progressive bluegrass pioneers in Hot Buttered Rum have done more than gain him a reputation; they've honed his singing, his songwriting and his work on multiple instruments. Life on the road is never an easy proposition, but, along with the blues, it brings joy and ease to a performers' material. All of this is on display on Yates' solo debut, "Give it Time." This release on Floating Records brings all his skill and experience to bear. His singing, multi-instrumentalism (Yates plays every instrument on the album) and his writing are all here, in rare, road-honed form. The album's 10 songs manage to tackle some of life’s thornier questions on love and loss while inviting the listener tap their foot along with each new one that comes to light.
“Don’t be fooled by the stories I tell / by what you heard about a heaven or a hell” advises the narrator of the opening track, What Do I Know. Sleeping Giants peers into our hearts' darker corners, How Short the Song intones the toughest parts of letting go: "How sweet the day, how short the song / you turn to listen, then it's gone," and love finds its way in via You Be The Fiddle. "You fly fast and free baby and I’ll keep steady time / let’s paint the town while we’re in our prime,” Yates sings, and suddenly a night out seems like the answer to damn near everything. And why shouldn't it be? With an album like this spinning on the jukebox, a little dancing might be just the thing to save a weary soul.