L.A.'s Far West have their share of fast songs and slow songs and good old-fashioned tell-me-a-story songs, but this country-rock quintet may be at their best on their sad songs, at least on new album Any Day Now. Singer-guitarist Lee Briante has a certain John Prine – ian rasp to his voice; “Walk Light on This Poor Heart” isn't far from Prine's heartbroke “Rocky Mountain Time.” And he's got some of Prine or Terry Allen's cut-to-the-bone wit: “I'm sorry I'm askin' your forgiveness,” from “Words From a Letter,” is exactly the kind of paradox that makes perfect sense after a few whiskeys. When they rev up, Far West recall any number of the '70s cosmic cowboy rockers, particularly the underrated Elliott Murphy. But when they break down, well … that's the real good stuff.
Sun., May 4, 3 p.m., 2014
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