Benjy Ferree Come Back to the Five and Dime, Bobby Dee Bobby Dee

Benjy Ferree Come Back to the Five and Dime, Bobby Dee Bobby Dee
In many ways, Benjy Ferree writing a loose concept album about a fallen child star makes perfect sense. Like his sophomore effort's muse, Bobby Driscoll, the 1953 film star of Peter Pan, Ferree once did time in Hollywood. However, rather than get torn up by Tinseltown like the one-time Academy Award winner, who died homeless and drug-addicted at 31, the DC songwriter left acting for a musical career, a move that's now led him to Come Back to the Five and Dime. With Discoll's sad tale of Hollywood misfortune as the narrative backdrop, Ferree's latest resurrects the playful Americana and freewheeling Son House blues of his debut, Leaving the Nest, while adding a dash of Marc Bolan warbling here and classic T. Rex hysterics there. It's a good sound for Ferree, who does Bolan better than most, and it's even better that he brings his roots rock further into leftfield, with bigger chances and bigger arrangements. At times, Ferree can still be a bit too straightforward for his own good but record number two is a definite step up. (Domino)