There’s a subtle double entendre to the title of Cale Tyson’s debut LP, Careless Soul. “Soul” can mean many things, and here, Tyson’s telling stories about lost love, wandering minds and confused, aimless hearts. But it’s also a play on the soul influences that make their way into songs like the title track, inspired by recording sessions down in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where even the river sings with a swing. Tyson treats the horns here with plenty of care, but, packaged with his yodel-dipped baritone, he also asks for a little levity in his breed of country music: artists shouldn’t be confined to only traditional references when working outside of the mainstream, because even Merle Haggard had plenty of brass.
“Careless Soul” is “mostly about how one-sided love can break you down and cause harm to your future relationships,” says Tyson. “It’s unfortunately easy to pick up shitty attributes that may have hurt you and to use them as a defense mechanism.” On the track, streaming below, Tyson isn’t shy with his feelings or his orchestration, showing how a parade of horns can go just as far in expressing a wilting romance as some lonely, weepy steel guitar.
Recorded at FAME Studios with Michael Rinne, and featuring Steelism’s Jeremy Fetzer, Caitlin Rose and bassist David Hood (member of FAME’s house band the Swampers, and father to Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood), Careless Soul will be available July 14th.