A gorgeous, heartfelt country ode defines W.B. and The Geezers’ tender “Bits and Pieces”. They explore a gritty, rustic charm throughout these passionate stories. Storytelling indeed serves as the core of these tracks for they sing from a life lived to the fullest. Over the course of the album a whole multitude of experiences emerge, covering the emotional gamut for the mundane like paying bills to the profound feeling of missing someone. Stylistically they are heavily rooted in a western country twang, with elements of folk and rock thrown in for good measure.
The steady commanding yet still refined vocals recall a twinge of Kurt Wagner’s reassuring croon, as does the subject material itself. Guitar work opts for a loose careful quality, forgoing strict confines for something livelier. In this respect, the band draws from John Fahey’s American Primitive Guitar, as their riffs have a joyous quality to them, perfectly punctuating the overall sound. Never overstaying their welcome they keep things to the absolute essentials ensuring that not a single moment is wasted. Best taken in as a singular whole the songs build off each other, coming together to create a vast look at a life.
“Dixie (Remix)” opens the album up with angular guitar licks before settling into a comfortable groove. Lyricism has a tongue-in-cheek flavor to it, as the vocals have a warm inviting quality to them. Much more traditionally inclined is the jaunty folk flavor of “Road to Nowhere”. Incredible banjo and fiddle work intermingle to create a colorful tapestry of sound. Right in the center of it all is a wandering narrative, one that explores geography and does so with such majesty. By far the highlight of the highlight of the album comes from the soulful title track “Bit’s and Piece’s”. Done with majesty the piece explores an entire family history with such care. With a bit of play is the sly “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”. Bass anchors the driving rhythms of “Weekend Angel (Remix)” with the chorus further emphasizing the vast space.
Things slow down considerably on the bluesy spirit of “Tell Me a Lie” where the song has a world-weary quality. Going for a humorous take is the celebratory “Barney Fife of the Tsa”. A reflective ode unfurls on the intimate, stripped-down loveliness of “When the Bottle Call’s Your Name”. Sung up right to the heavens is the grandeur of “Spirit of the Rockies”. Ending the album off with a bit of rustic charm is the poignant “Father Time”.
Wholeheartedly sung and delivered, W.B. and The Geezers paints a beautiful portrait of life with the powerful “Bits and Pieces”.