Oak and Iron Bound

Colorado singer, guitarist, songwriter and onetime solo act Evan Pugh formed Carry Me Ohio in 2009 to play his songs in a full-band context, but the emphasis on Oak and Iron Bound remains on songcraft rather than showy musical fireworks. That said, this is a real band—guitarist David Goodheim’s licks pointedly punctuate Pugh’s vocals, bass player Jeff Miller’s low-end contributions are melodic but supportive, and drummer Dan Nadler keeps things loose and swinging. Pugh’s plainspoken vocals and often keenly observant lyrics remain at center stage, but the likeably warm, full sound of Oak and Iron Bound demonstrates why four heads are sometimes better than one.

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