Learning the craft of songwriting can be a long tough haul. It's an elusive art. But beyond the craftwork, the hardest part is learning to bare your soul in a way that doesn't sound whiny or narcissistic. It's tough to write songs that connect your soul to others in a way that others can appreciate and enjoy. It's obvious that Dick LeMasters has been focusing on the craft and soul of songwriting in his latest collection of originals called Incompatible Things.
He comes from the James McMurtry school of songwriting. His songs are full of plain-spoken people, tough as nails people, brutally honest people. Listening to this album you'll think to yourself, "yeah, I know this guy" or "I've met that person before." If there's any sort of unifying characteristic in roots music it's the lack of pretense, the absolute authenticity. This album is perfect example of that spirit.
Highlights for me are the title track, "She Lights Up," "Make A Grown Man Sigh."