In late September, we tipped you off to a new album from Missouri’s John D. Hale Band titled More Than I Can Handle. In our favorable review of the album, we wrote:
Hale originals like the title track and excellent “Desperate People” bristle with real, lived-in detail; in the latter, the first-person narrator summarizes himself as a well-meaning “desperate man with a mind like a loaded gun,” a characterization that serves as a kind of coda for [the album] as a whole. Self-penned slices of life on the margins easily hold their own alongside well-chosen covers of Fred Eaglesmith (“Harold Wilson”) and Ricky Skaggs (“One Way Track”), both assimilated so completely into the band’s own Red Dirt outlaw style as to be nearly unrecognizable as outside cuts.
The album was particularly recommended to fans of Reckless Kelly, Chris Knight, and Whitey Morgan.
Curious to hear it but haven’t picked up a copy yet? Well, the John D. Hale Band was nice enough to send one extra CD of More Than I Can Handle for a lucky reader. In the spirit of next week’s holiday, simply comment with something you’re thankful for by next Wednesday (Nov. 21) for a chance to win.