A friend of ours was making a trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico and was interested in seeing some live music. He asked if we had any recommendations regarding a local band. “Well Larry, if we had a chance to see a live performance of ‘Pushkin Around,’ we wouldn't let the opportunity slip away.” The song is from the EP “Songs for Eluard” by Albuquerque’s Cloud Lantern.
“Pushkin Around” surfaced in July 2012. But with the “Indie Ocean” being such an expansive body of water, there are many songs that surface without the attention they deserve. The feature that makes the song blogworthy is the guitar work, which employs progressions worthy of the classic “Green Grass and High Tides” by The Outlaws. The Outlaws released their song in the 1975 and, in our less than humble opinion, it is the best guitar song available. Sure, it starts as would a normal Southern Rock song and is “only” good for the typical duration of a song. Then, at the 5:26 mark of “Green Grass and High Tides,” the guitars stage a coup and the vocals are never heard from again. Both songs are embedded below.
Cloud Lantern started in 2009, but has undergone some personnel changes since its start. The current members of Cloud Lantern are Allen Hrynick, Jordan Bodhaine, Danny Crouch, and Ty-San Ryder.
"Pushkin Around" by Cloud Lantern - Currently a free download.
"Green Grass and High Tides" by The Outlaws