Trying To Keep My Head Above Water, the new album from Levee Town, is the musical equivalent of a reverse centrifuge. Instead of separating into distinct components as things begin to spin faster, everything begins to coalesce from an array of different influences across the blues-roots-rock spectrum to form a new sonic organism. 20 years and nine records in, the band is comfortable enough in its own skin to, as Joe Perry once said, 'let the music do the talking.' By no means are they on auto-pilot, it's just the opposite; their songwriting has gotten sharper and more refined with each release and they throw down highly polished songs with a nonchalance that belies the time and intricacies of the creative process.
Though it isn't a concept album in the traditional sense, Trying To Keep My Head Above Water moves in a deliberate progression from start to finish. "The record takes you through moods, that was the idea," notes guitarist/singer Brandon Hudspeth. "I wrote all the songs during lockdown, you've gotta write what you're going through. They're all in some way indirectly about the pandemic, but they're also about different people I know, telling the stories through their eyes. i think the way the sequence of the songs goes, it starts sort of light hearted and happy, but the way of the world, the way things have gone, you've gotta put some realism in there and weight of that is pretty somber." Constructed over an elaborate blues base that calls everything from T-Bone Walker, Freddie King and Bob Willis to the Tennessee Two, Davie Allan and Ennio Morricone family, Trying To Keep My Head Above Water is new blues with roots that run wide and deep.