Give or take a stray reference to the Rev. Horton Heat, Cavalier
could’ve been committed to tape anytime in the last couple of decades. Armed with an acoustic guitar – and the occasional piano, keyboard or horn – North Dakota’s Tom Brosseau furnishes oddly familiar folk-yarns that flow through subjects both mundane and commonplace: the purchase of a fire safe, the creeping urge to commit suicide, the intoxicating rush of true love. Brosseau’s antecedents include the Guthries, and his narrative scene-sketches boast an amused knowingness that extends to his playing, even on “Instructions to Meet the Devil.” Someday, when Armageddon survivors perform around campfires on the six-strings they couldn’t bear to burn for heat, “This Land” and “Alice’s Restaurant” will likely top their play lists. The winding “Amory” – wherein a poet is encouraged not to abandon his craft – deserves inclusion; “We’re only dealt the hand/It don’t come with a glove” is a sentiment that never loses its resonance.