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Korey Dane’s ‘Youngblood’ Is an Americana Dreamscape

Korey Dane has made a career pairing treacly acoustic guitar with an open heart, but on his second solo album, Youngblood, the Long Beach, California-based folk singer hits a more semisweet spot. Sounding more world-weary and worldly-wise than his twenty-five years, Dane has crafted a timeless-feeling collection of earnest Americana, due out October 9 on Innovative Leisure .

Grounded in acoustic guitars, the album’s opener “Jules Verne” and renegade love song “I’m Your Man” are foot-stomp worthy alt-country jams. But biting bitter standout “You’ll Be Had” and single “Let It Be Just For Fun” show off Dane’s deft, but simple lyrical skill, recalling a Gold-era Ryan Adams in effortless devastation, if not in the actual sound of the record. Accented with pedal steel guitar and charred guitar solos, the record is doused in Dane’s dreamy, sincere delivery, like an eleven-song heart to heart.

Stream Youngblood in full ahead of its release this Friday, October 9.