Tales of love lost, hard drinking, and dark juke joints, the songs on Home is Where the Hurt Is are atmospheric, but never too foreboding or heavy. Rich accents of steel guitar and Spanish sounding acoustic guitar add texture and a whole lot of fun to “Maria”. With those harmonies, too, it could be a long lost gem from some amazing, dusty country record from the 1970s if you didn’t know better.
Their songs are immediately classic, never tired or overwrought, just totally classic, like they could be plucked from almost any era of country music past. Harris’ unbelievable knack for channeling that old school affect is what makes him such a special contemporary artist. Today, country music is so overly swarmed with watered down, unsubstantial, sugary concoctions, but Harris’s music rings true. His sound is appreciative of what came before, and when he sings about women and guitars, you actually believe it. “Young Women and Old Guitars” is one of the strongest moments of this record, and if it doesn’t draw you to the nearest dance floor, nothing will.