Surrounded by the melting pot that is the spectacular music scene of New Orleans, singer-songwriter Duff Thompson has emerged with his incredible debut album, Haywire.
Instilled with the spirit of 60s folk troubadours, Thompson possesses a distinct croak that sounds like it belongs to a man who's seen more than his fair share of heartache and pain.
Recorded using vintage-style microphones, acoustic guitars, the upright bass, and an array of strung instruments, Haywire is an old-timey collection of tunes steeped in Americana that reveals Thompson's introspective lyrics.
One of my favorite tracks from the album is the opener, "Sleight Of Hand." There's something in the simplicity of the instrumentation when paired with Thompson's inviting croon that transports me to America's hard-working mid-West. It's familiar without being overly nostalgic, and like many of the songs on Haywire, it lights a spark in the dark corners of your soul. Speaking about the track Thompson remarked it's about “trying to make something work that you know won't, and flip-flopping in a willy-nilly state of utter confusion.”
Haywire is available to listen now via all good streaming services.