This new Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints album have kept me smiling when some silly age crisis is trying to bring me down. Later this year I will be 40, this blog will be 17 and Karate Kid will be 57. Time sure flies, but let’s not get into that now. I should focus on this delightful album that contains sweet old-fashioned originals and carefully selected covers. Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints are from Seattle and they deliver wonderful early rock’n’roll, swing, country, trad jazz and Western Soul. I’ve been following them since the very first single, because one of my online musician friends from the area Lincoln Barr followed Birch Pereira on FB and I went and listened to Whose Honey Are You? and instantly loved it. I can’t remember did I write about the first record on this blog, but if I didn’t, it’s definitely about time to feature this lovely band on this little blog now when this sophomore album is out and available. The beautiful ballad The One You Think You See, the super entertaining, jivey and jazzy A Love I Can’t Explain and a gorgeous rendition of the all-time classic St. James Infirmary are my personal favourites, but everything else also works beautifully.