Indie Rock/Americana (Boston)
Lineman Brian Barthelmes was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2006 draft but was released before the start of the 2007 season. Rather than further pursue a life in football, Barthelmes chose a musical path and formed the band Tallahassee, where he realized his vision of blending acoustic and electric instrumentation to create traditional songs with a contemporary edge. Tallahassee’s recently released Jealous Hands is a gorgeous example of Barthelmes’ concept in full flourish, from the mournful Americana hymn reading of “The Ghost of John Denver” to the atmospheric, emotional and powerful “Open Grave.” The NFL’s loss is music’s gain.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: A sonic scrapbook of Richard Thompson’s career as interpreted by The Avett Brothers. (Brian Baker, CityBeat)
~ “Tallahassee’s Jealous Hands feels like a never-ending gift of elegant heartache and roughhewn beauty. Mixing folk, country, blue-grass, rock and Americana until it all blends together something terribly familiar yet refreshingly new, Jealous Hands is at once a deeply introspective and open-hearted labor of love, not to be missed.” (My Old Kentucky Blog)
~ “On their forthcoming full-length called Jealous Hands, these guys plunge unapologetically into folk traditions and come out on the other side with something incredibly satisfying, twelve songs of complacent, understated composition for fans of un-freaky folk.” (In Your Speakers)
~ “Jealous Hands is full of 'moonshine-sippin' murder ballads.' But even if you have no plans to drink illegal alcohol and commit felonious sins, this is one of those albums that's bound to become the soundtrack for something important.” (Urban Outfitters)
~ “Jealous Hands contains a handful of wonderful tunes. The banjos heard throughout drew me in, but Barthelmes’ vocals and strong writing kept me coming back to this release. With every listen, I find something new and exciting.” (Music Is Golden)