Will Kimbroughs new full-length Wings sounds so effortless that you might suspect hes trying too hard. But his spare, simple songs give off an aura of homey charm. The Alabama native has always written tunes that operate somewhere in the area triangulated by Lowell George, Willis Alan Ramsey and John Lennon, and Wings makes something of its folk and soul references. Kimbrough and David Henrys production adds cello and Mellotron to uncomplicated structures, with the gorgeous Let Me Be Your Frame subtly twisting its chord changes. Co-written with Todd Snider, It Aint Cool sounds like an instant soul classic Mavis Staples ought to cover it. Wings is a vision of domestic bliss with regret lurking underneath the surface and puzzlement adding weight to Kimbroughs colloquial lyrics. Only The Day of the Troubadour skirts sentimentality the rest of Wings is tough-minded and soft in equal measure.
Fri., March 12, 7 & 9 p.m., 2010