The Throwback Intimacy Of Linden
  • TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

I'm about to provide far too many details about the specific songs that were sonic touchstones in the Saas household growing up, but my dad loved Dan Fogelberg. I honestly don't know if any other 26 year olds on the planet even remember Dan Fogelberg these days, but in the Saas home, "Leader of the Band" and "Auld Lang Syne" were indisputable classics. And what made Dan Fogelberg special is the intimacy of his folk. He combined lush arrangements with highly personal tales, and there are still few artists that sound like him. Linden is one of the few artists (possibly the only) that I can name that owes a clear spiritual debt to Mr. Fogelberg.

We're premiering the video for Linden's "Rest & Be Thankful" and from the opening bars of the track, it's clear that Linden is cut from the Wilco & Dan Fogelberg mold. That combination may seem contradictory, but it's not. It combines rootsy, rustic guitar work that inches towards country (without ever quite crossing the threshold) with gorgeous intimacy to stunning effect. This is the sort of track you can play to your dad who hates all of that new-fangled music you listen to today because it's a sound rooted in the past with its own modern heart. After my long Memorial Day weekend of rest, I'm thankful for Linden and his new music.

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