As a general rule, I don't usually go for much of the singer/songwriter-y type stuff. I don't know that I've got a very good reason why, except to say that there are few musicians whom I find compelling enough to listen to when they are armed with nothing more than an acoustic guitar. When it comes to the members of The Constantines, however, I'm afraid I'm all ears no matter how simplistic the music becomes. The band's maturing process has been one of gradually stripping away layers of noise and feedback, to the point where now they have spawned a pair of folky solo projects, recently released via Outside Music.
Baby Eagle is the code name for Steve Lambke's project, and while he doesn't have the gravelly voice of Bry Webb, he manages to emanate that same world-weariness, while also resembling a slightly less rambunctious Daniel Smith (aka Brother Danielson). There's a lot of mellow stuff on this album, especially along the lines of Constantines songs like "Windy Road", but there's a heartfelt vibe throughout the whole thing that I kinda dig. If you like this, you should also check out Will Kidman's solo project Woolly Leaves.
» Bonus Track: Let Wander Your Restless Heart
» Buy it from Outside Music