Many folks would argue that Richard Buckner is one of the most important Singer-Songwriters to hail from the Alt Country movement. Those folks should pick up some music by Chris Mills. Having recorded two albums for the Chicago label Sugar Free, Mills bleeds into his songs a little more than Buckner (think less insurgency, more country). His weathered vocals sound endearingly torn and frayed as they croon over antiquated acoustic guitar strums and arpeggios that ring out like raindrops on wind chimes. Many of Mills' songs are moody musings that transcend throwing in the towel on the poor hand that life sometimes deals.