Tennessee & Other Stories...
Label: Three Lobed Recordings
Rarely does an artist's debut album feel as fully realized as Hans Chew's. One could argue the making of Tennessee & Other Stories... began the minute Chew entered this world: crying, bald and naked. The record -- incorporating elements of Southern boogie, country rock and bluegrass -- is a loose song cycle, one that documents Chew's stormy life as a Southerner. It's all here: death, loss, temptation, failure, betrayal and (finally) redemption. Several tracks, including "Queen of the Damned Blues" and a version of Tim Rose's "Long Time Man," exude a gothic vibe that's heavy and powerful.