Alabama BB Palmer creates music steeped in American country music while keeping an eye on contemporary events. We can hear it on Palmer’s latest opus, Krishna’s land, a record which bridges the distance between Ravi Shankar and Tom T. Hall with remarkable aplomb.
The latest single, “Simulation Theory” has sounds reminiscent of the saturated colors and wide necks of Nashville in the 1960s and 1970s and lyrics that tap into the growing anguish and conspiracies of the era, teeming with references to lizards. , false flags and the nagging question of whether we really live in a computer simulation. The lyrics are taken from today’s virtual headlines but, like those headlines, it is an important document of a time when even the most skeptical of us must wonder if the fabric of our lives hangs by. the weakest son. Ironically, it’s the surrealism of it all that brings us back to reality, slaps us in the face, and makes us realize that Jewish space lasers aren’t really a thing.
Guitarist Josh “Bucky” McKenzie said, “It’s a song that highlights America’s wild conspiracy theories. The antithesis of the first single (“Many Worlds Theory”), “Simulation Theory” lives in a manic state of Western cynicism and paranoia. A hymn for all of our wayward brothers and sisters out there. The yin at Krishna’s landis yang.
The latest offer from the group, Krishna’s land, sees the band approach their craft with a much broader worldview – incorporating traditional Indian sounds into their work and creating an even more compelling brand of ethereal roots music. On paper, this may seem like an unexpected or abrupt change of direction, but for BB Palmer, it’s simply the next step in their collective journey.