Ian McFeron might appeal to you if you like U2, the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison or Bob Dylan. He also might strike your fancy if you've got a thing for Ryan Adams and maybe Conor Oberst. At the same time, I feel horrible for this aggressive listing of so many artists all at once because McFeron doesn't deserve to be buried under the weight. Though little bits here and there evoke these other musicians, the Seattle singer-songwriter doesn't do a single thing to make me think he's faking his style. On Summer Nights, the troubadour delivers a grip of songs good for morning coffee and midnight pining on the front porch. It's for turning up loud so that it wraps you up like a big sound blanket. It's the soundtrack for that moment you're gonna kick your office job in the balls and do what you've really wanted to do with your life all along.
Actually, Ryan Adams, Brad Pemberton (the Cardinals' drummer), and Adams' bassist Bill Mercer are featured on the album, which is pretty cool. But McFeron and his musical partner Alisa Milner—who plays fiddle and cello, and sings backup—are what make this album so toothsome. I'll be listening to this for years.
The Ian McFeron Band plays The Missoula Winery Friday, July 22, at 8 PM. $5.