Under A Western Sky takes the listener on a journey through classic Americana. Kicking off with the great American tradition of a road trip in 1. The Road, the album then takes the listener through pent-up emotions in 2. Scratch My Back and treachery and double-crossing in 3. Larceny before travelling across 4. The Border and into 5. Mexico.
The band’s live pièce de résistance 6. Awakening is a spiritual song of self-awareness and leads into the only cover on the album, Howlin’ Wolf’s classic 7. Little Red Rooster, which is cast in psychedelic textures reminiscent of late-60s San Francisco. 8. California Hills retells the legendary 1860s gold rush and its clash of blind optimism and a tough life spent in the hills.
The migrant worker in 9. Poor Boy wanders from town to town working small jobs in exchange for food, shelter and maybe a small wage while the closing track 10. Hannah, tells the plight of a wounded soldier in the American Civil War; his love for a woman, his frustration, exhaustion and defeat.
With that ending, Under A Western Sky has taken us full-circle, across the continent and back, through U.S. history, evoking imagery and emotions that are unique to Americana.