Tom House is a quirky wordsmith whose pastoral crooning is a breath of fresh air after the rash of Uncle Tupelo and Whiskeytown rip-offs. House blends Appalachian-influenced inflections and arrangements with a haunting, Country Folk backdrop. The sound brings to mind desolate farm lands, fireflies dying in winter, and an old house's foundation creaking and groaning on a lonely, windy night. Although House often works with the bohemian Americana band Lambchop, his solo efforts differ greatly and sound not the least bit contrived. In fact, House seems to channel old-timey ghosts of America's past.