Ronnie Fauss "Any Lovin' Way But Wrong" EP
Following on from his last, frankly excellent, EP and as a tasty teaser for his long awaited debut album due out in 2012, Texan singer-songwriter Ronnie Fauss delivers a curveball of an EP in which he pays a loving tribute to the singer-songwriters who inspired him most – namely Kris Kristoffen, John Prine, Blaze Foley and Todd Snider in covering their songs in his own style.
Foley’s introspective ‘Clay Pigeons’ is given a straight acoustic/harmonica treatment, with Fauss’s impassioned melodic growl lending it some passion and gravitas, while the wit and poetry in Kristofferson’s ‘Just The Other Side of Nowhere’ which has banjos and harmonies added to the bare acoustic mix is a real standout, letting Fauss’s fantastically gritty and attractive vocal style shine, and it also lends the EP its title.
Snider’s ‘Happy to be Here’ features some aching and subtle pedal steel work, and Prine’s ‘Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone’ is typically oblique, fascinating and deftly handled. This EP shows Ronnie Fauss laying his influences bare, straight and honest, and serves as a Sat-nav of stylistic links to his own impressive original works. Lyrical, thoughtful and considered, this enjoyable EP is a link to the past, just before we get to enjoy the great flourishing future.