What bar band sings lines like, “In the distance lies a city / a dappled ruby hub”? One smart enough to divvy up duties and let a poet write the lyrics and a burly-voiced guitar slinger deliver them. Cavalcade marks the second collaboration between celebrated wordsmith Lisa Olstein and acclaimed country rocker Jeffrey Foucault, and it’s plain to see what they get from each other. Songs this meaty and thick with riffs typically come packaged with pandering lyrics, but when Foucault sings of horses, guns or booze, it’s never the way you’re used to hearing. Olstein isn’t willfully oblique or pretentious. She simply knows hard rock and deep thought can go together like beers and shots.


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