Josh T. Pearson's debut album is an auspicious one. The troubadour creates, much like Lorca-era Tim Buckley and Fred Neil (see Sessions) before him, an expansive interpretation of American folk music. Steeped in space and silence, every track is a quietly sweeping orchestral ballad. Four of them, including the heartbreaking "Sorry With a Song," break the 10-minute barrier. But for all its atmosphere and introspection, Last Of The Country Gentlemen is ultimately a stormy meditation on devastation, loss and suffering. Seriously, folks will be obsessing over this record for years to come.