Jekyll + Hyde
Label: Zac Brown
Jam-grassy hippies long before they were country stars, these Georgians refuse to be confused with Nashville's norm. They join Soundgarden's Chris Cornell for some echo-grunting bad-blood grunge, and later do a seven-minute gloom-guitar workout called "Junkyard." They cover Jason Isbell's war-casualty eulogy "Dress Blues," and court the Mumford and Sons crowd with the Jesus/Buddha/Gandhi-name-checking coexistence prayer "Remedy." Of course, there's plenty of lazy dockside folk to play hacky sack to, as well -- much of it, including a hand-clapper with Sara Bareilles, given a pale island lilt.