Tom Schafer’s album Cradle is aptly named.
Shafer’s rough, redneck lullabies are like little
pickup trucks full of down-home comfort that drive
straight up to the porches of your ears and unload
their vibe right into your brain. They are deep South,
although Schafer himself hails from Miami Beach.
These songs are about blood and dirt and tears and
sadness, and also about love, both tragic and the other
kind. To me, the whole album feels country: not new
county, with its comic songs and near-rock catchiness,
but old country, that is slow, sad and real. However,
Schafer considers himself a blues/rock/folk artist.
Regardless of his genre, Schafer is a solid new voice
on the music scene. Check out this album if you want
the kind of heartbreak music that lifts you up while
it’s bringing you down.
Favorite Track: “Blood to Blood”