Ter­rell’s Tune Up Boris McCutcheon’s new al­bum

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Singer-song­writer Boris McCutcheon is one of the orig­i­nal mem­bers of the lo­cal le­gion of su­per­heroes who make up the Frogville Records sta­ble. He was born in Massachusetts, but he’s lasted many win­ters in North­ern New Mex­ico. In fact, he’s the only mu­si­cian I know who’s ever been a may­or­domo of an ace­quia.

But the im­por­tant thing is that McCutcheon just keeps grow­ing as a song­writer. His new al­bum —

— is his first since 2013’s and there’s not a dud on this record. It’s my fa­vorite since 2005’s

Most of McCutcheon’s al­bums in re­cent years have been cred­ited to Boris & The Salt Licks. But this one, McCutcheon says, is a solo project, even though The Salt Licks ap­pear on a cou­ple of live songs and in­di­vid­ual Salt Licks play on other songs, as do var­i­ous Santa Fe stal­warts.

Among the best tracks are the up­beat “It’s Her Turn Now,” fea­tur­ing the fab­u­lous Salt Licks (gui­tarist Brett Davis, bassist Su­san Hyde Holmes, Kevin Zo­ernig on key­boards, and Paul Groet­zinger on drums). And this is fol­lowed by a pretty coun­try song called “A Week Be­fore the Fourth of July.” I think I was hooked in the first verse, when McCutcheon sings of eat­ing tacos on the open road.

An­other stand­out is the bluesy “Lazy With You,” in which Boris praises the virtues of sloth. A strong har­mon­ica by Greg Wil­liams and banjo by Alex McMa­hon give the song a Tom Waits feel. Mean­while, the slow dirge-like “Poor Tired Hands” is a stark por­trait of a guy who might ben­e­fit from a lit­tle lazi­ness.

In a slow hill­billy waltz called “Godzilla vs. King Kong,” McCutcheon sings of do­mes­tic strife. As you might as­sume by the ti­tle, the lyrics are full of hu­mor, but it’s bit­ter­sweet hu­mor. With the de­cep­tively pretty melody, you can’t help but feel for the un­happy cou­ple. One verse goes, “Oh how did I wind up with a war­rior princess?/She knows how to fight and kick my ass/There’s a storm in her eyes and she don’t know what she wants/She’s askin’ ques­tions and get­ting’ no re­sponse.”

Keep lis­ten­ing to this al­bum and you could end up with a storm in your ears. Boris McCutcheon’s CD re­lease party for

is 8 p.m. Fri­day, July 14, at Meow Wolf, 1352 Ru­fina St. Tick­ets are $12 at the door ($10 in ad­vance from www.me­ow­wolf.com). The open­ing act is none other than Tony Gilkyson, a former lo­cal yokel who went on to play in such groups as X, Lone Jus­tice, and Chuck E. Weiss’ God Damn Liars. Learn more at www.borism­c­cutcheon.com.

Also rec­om­mended:

Coun­try­achi by John Wag­ner. Wag­ner is not only known as a coun­try singer and song­writer, but he has also owned and op­er­ated an Al­bu­querque record­ing stu­dio for many years. As the ti­tle im­plies, the songs on this al­bum are coun­try songs, sung by Wag­ner, with added mari­achi horns and strings. A cou­ple of groups — Mari­achi Te­nampa (an Al­bu­querque group that has recorded at least one al­bum of their own at Make Be­lieve” (the ti­tle song of Moses’ 1976 de­but al­bum) and “New Mex­ico Blues” would both de­serve a prom­i­nent place there. Wag­ner also in­cludes a cou­ple of mari­achi’d-up songs by the late great Lewie Wick­ham, who was half of an Al­bu­querque duet with his re­cently de­ceased brother Hank Wick­ham (“Bor­der Town Blues” and “Yes­ter­day Took Wings”), along with sev­eral orig­i­nals, in­clud­ing “He’s Sorry” (which con­tains a Kristof­fer­son-wor­thy first line: “He said he was sorry this morn­ing for his sorry ex­cuses last night”) and my fa­vorite, “It’s Not Right,” a sad (like-to-be) cheatin’ song.

En­ter the world of Wag­ner at www.newmex­ico sound.com.

When I’m an An­gel by Lau­ria. It was 20 years ago when long, tall Lau­ri­anne Fiorentino, then fairly new to Santa Fe, re­leased her first al­bum, a set of 15 songs recorded live at the San­tu­ario de Guadalupe. Two decades and sev­eral al­bums later, Fiorentino — now record­ing un­der the name of Lau­ria — still pos­sesses her rich, sul­try alto and song­writ­ing chops, as this new record shows.

Lau­ria is at her best on bluesy, jazzy songs like the open­ing track, “Home­land,” which fea­tures a cool man­dolin by Tris­tan Scrog­gins as well as Asher Bar­reras on bass; “Please Don’t,” with trum­pet by JQ Whit­comb; and “Sim­ple as the Sun,” a song that orig­i­nally ap­peared on The melody is sim­i­lar to a song I used to sing back in my Methodist Youth Fel­low­ship days: “They’ll Know We Are Chris­tians by Our Love.”

Also wor­thy is “All Night Rain,” an aching seven-minute coun­try song that doesn’t ac­tu­ally have a steel gui­tar in it, though it’s easy to imag­ine one. And de­fy­ing genre pi­geon­hol­ing is the song “Drop,” a spo­ken-word piece in which Lau­ria, recit­ing lines like “I’m a melted drop of mat­ter, a tear that never fell/ When dark­ness comes to get me, you can find me in the well,” is backed only by drum­mer Joel Fad­ness, some un­cred­ited voice, and her own har­mon­ica honk­ing. Check out www.lau­ri­an­nefiorentino.com.

Songs for Don­ald by Jim Terr. Here, the fail­ing par­o­dist song­writer from Las Ve­gas, N.M., at­tacks the pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica — who won the elec­tion in a land­slide — with un­funny, un­fair, un­pa­tri­otic songs. #sad

I’m try­ing to help you here, Jim. If you could get Trump to at­tack you on Twit­ter, that would boost your Go­FundMe project for this al­bum (www.go­fundme .com/Don­nieTrunkCD) and sell a jil­lion copies. Check out www.jimterr.com.

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