On April 25, Rockford, IL-based singer-songwriter Derek Luttrell will release Tired Dogs, Old Trees on Rotown Records. As a preview, you can stream all 10 of its songs from the widget below.

Despite being only 25 years old, Luttrell has a dusky, evocative wounded voice that fits his music — straightforward acoustic folk-rock occasionally augmented by horns — perfectly. And while the usual suspects like Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt are on display, particularly on “Everybody’s Lonely” and “Last Leaf,” there are also elements of Randy Newman, such as on “Better Days” (see below) and “Centrallia Pen.”

I was turned on to Luttrell thanks to the involvement of Miles Nielsen, whom I interviewed for a Red Pill Session feature here at Popdose in the summer of 2012. Nielsen plays on the album, as do two of his bandmates — Dan McMahon and Adam Plamann — and his brother Daxx. Tired Dogs, Old Trees is Luttrell’s second album. His self-titled debut came out in 2010 and can be found at Bandcamp.

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