Though Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster‘s (of Mississippi favorites Water Liars) debut solo album is called Constant Stranger, the record has been more of a constant companion than anything else since its release towards the end of last year. When I needed it, the record has at times acted as a friend, a mirror, a salve, a question, but mostly a reminder about what I hold dear. Yes, it’s that powerful. Pitch perfect instrumentation flesh out the brilliant stories and poetry Kinkel-Schuster conjures up; I was hooked with the rich imagery from line one, “Used to walk my black dog late at night / without a moon it felt just like / being drawn by an unseen hand / into a country ancient and unplanned / Where it ain’t no use to try and turn me ’round / But I will sing these songs till I can no longer can.”
Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster took a detour on his current co-headline living room tour with Adam Torres (who you’ll hear on Folkadelphia in a few weeks) to record this week’s Folkadelphia Session, which also features a cover of cult songwriter Connie Converse‘s “There Is A Vine.” Kinkel-Schuster was previously featured on World Cafe Next in November 2016.