Pilgrim (from the album Easy People) - Motion is a key ingredient on Easy People, the recent release from Pilgrim. It comes from the full album play being a great match for long car trips; its songs possessing the magic that makes outside images part of a soundtrack unique to the journey. Easy People glides with the hum of rubber underneath you, the flow of the songs a road rhythm, speeding up when the exit turns into highway on “Get Me Outta This City”, going to a steady roll that tracks a hundred miles in the space of a song on “Can’t Let Go”, and slowing to feel its own heartbeat quicken on a returns home (“My Heart is Mine”). Pilgrim have a familiar groove, flying their music under the banner of New Tulsa Sound, the grandchild of the rhythms that J.J. Cale took to a worldwide stage. The Tulsa Sound has grown and developed in the spanning decades, a sound that younger musicians accept as standard in their Oklahoma music scenes.
Pilgrim cut their musical chops with a three-year residency at the Tulsa venue, The Colony. The gig helped build Pilgrim into a solid force that continues the local heritage of mixing Rock, Country, Blues, and Funk into the shape of a song. Easy People sets the dial to shuffle as it heads into small town Kansas with “I Must’ve Been High”, backs “John Prine Tune” with a Tex-Mex desert wind rhythm, puts a strut into the stride of “Bad, Bad Man”, and urgently percolates a beat edge under the title track. Pilgrim have an intuitive sense in their playing, the instruments flowing together rather than gluing together tracks of individual players. It is that sense that carries the album out on the audio road as it shudders (“NE OK”), shimmers (“Field Day Afternoon”), stomps (“Bomp Bomp”), and shakes until “Wheels Fall Off”.
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