Reviews Dave Hause Patty EP

Dave Hause

Patty EP

I reviewed Hause’s Paddy EP before this. The two came out the same day and, as name implies, somewhat work together. The concept for each is similar: highlighting the work of some of his favorite songwriters, albeit from different directions.

I’m also coming at the Patty EP from a new perspective. With Paddy I was well versed in Dillinger Four. This EP covers five tunes penned by Patty Griffin and I’m basically a newb on her catalog. So this isn’t a compare-and-contrast review of a covers record. It’s about how these renditions hit me.

This EP is folksy and homespun. It’s personal and intimate. Both EPs focus on slice of life elements to tell the story, but these songs take a decidedly different angle with more poetic imagery and symbolism. It’s also easier to tie them back to the originals (I think) with subtle twang and the personal tone; Hause’s delivery is earnest, but at times you can tell that he’s singing someone else’s words, as in “The Long Ride Home.” The songs feature a working-class vibe, for sure, but instead of us vs. them stories, Patty explores the trials and tribulations that happen from 5-to-9, during those hours at home.

Overall this EP is sad and poignant, yet touching and vibrant. Hause gives a subtle stubborn fight and a hint of brightness to otherwise mournful songs about life’s struggles. It’s a touching and heartfelt record, nicely summed up in closer “When It Don’t Come Easy” by featuring just Hause and a solo electric guitar that bridges his voice with Griffin’s words. The spirit is clear and true, while the extra crunch of the electric guitar gives his own stamp to the timeless and universal pleas.

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