The alt-country crew known as the Bathtub Alchemists have released their latest full-length album, “Last Cigarette.” The LP contains 11 tracks for an approximate total listening time of half an hour. It has been distributed to more than 750 online music outlets around the world and has been proudly published as an independent release without the support of the corporate music industry. An alternative country record with rock and folk qualities and unending amounts of legitimate soul, “Last Cigarette” by the Bathtub Alchemists presents a compelling narrative wrapped in well-written music and evocative performances.
The Bathtub Alchemists go by their given names, and cite as main artistic influences Jimmy Buffett, Willie Nelson and the Zac Brown Band (Jer) as well as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Guy Clark and Bob Dylan (Beth). Attributes of all the above may be heard on “Last Cigarette” from song to song, making the entire LP a widely varied yet thematically and atmospherically consistent record. Virtually every mood and tone is represented through the Bathtub Alchemists’ characteristic raw, genuine delivery and groove.
At least partly responsible for the frank earnesty in the Bathtub Alchemists’ music is their rare origin story.
“Music was and is the center of our family,” write Jer and Beth. “What started as an experiment in family dynamics to facilitate coping and healing has truly resulted in musical panacea.”
This healing property of music by the Bathtub Alchemists is communicable, and hearing their record from start to finish has a soothing quality that is unique to it. The band’s current official bio describes their musical philosophy by saying:
“Bathtub Alchemists is about the search for unification and the cleansing process that is always required to grow and change as human beings. In every interaction one is able to hear the bonds of family and friendship that pull us all through the ups and downs of life.”
Asked what the overall theme and message of their “Last Cigarette” LP might be, the Bathtub Alchemists write, “It is a story of addiction and loss. From the opening track of ‘You and Me’ to the closing with ‘Living on Borrowed Time,’ listeners can see the slow dramatic fall of one man’s life.”
“Last Cigarette” by the Bathtub Alchemists is available online worldwide.
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