(Not Lame)

There’s something about the mixture of country and rock that transcends its basic form and touches the soul. Really.

Not for nothing did the late great Gram Parsons describe his inspiring creations as Cosmic American music.

This “label” applies equally to Easterly whose alt-country musings recall the canyon rock stylings of the latter-day Byrds, the Band, Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, Gene Clark besides Gram Parsons, of course.

Songs like the pleasing “Wicked Conversation,” the rocking “Getting Back Together” and the poignant “One of These Days” highlight Easterly’s complete mastery over the medium. Fans of Wilco, the Jayhawks and Uncle Tupelo will thrill to Easterly. B+