On “Leaving Tennessee,” Apodaca sings in an exaggerated southern accent that brings a thoroughly liquored-up Steve Earle to mind. Andrea Babinski plays the violin in a classical style; the technique adds warmth to the desert chill of “Ghost Trails.”
Themes recur or rebut each other throughout; “Keys to the Truck” is a Stones-ified gospel addendum to the hillbilly of “Leaving Tennessee” while “Then You Pass” looks at the flipside of the title cut. Fans of the Drive-By Truckers will find lots to like in this one.
First You Live will be available Oct. 9.