Portland indie Americana group Patina have just released their new (3rd) album Hard Luck Sound and ‘All I Ever Had’ is a great example of the line they walk through folk and country music like a contemporary version of The Band or a less rambunctious Houndmouth. They’ve got a great handle on not overplaying their hand or allowing things to get too busy. Most importantly they know the song is king and they serve it with great playing, mood-setting and some fine vocal harmonies.
‘All I Ever Had’ has a slow, almost New Orleans swing and stomp to it courtesy of the piano and horns. Slick guitar licks enter the fray, gently taking the melodic lead alongside the vocal as the simple expression of love and devotion is recalled.