Dumptruck: For The Country (1987)
There's plenty of treble-happy guitar work here, most notably the effervescent album highlight "Carefree" and the jaunty "Going Nowhere," while "Wire" and the the psychedelia-tinged "50 Miles" feel informed by Paisley Underground acts like the Dream Syndicate. But you can hear a more rustic vibe creeping into the mix on slower tunes like "Friends" and the title track. Some of the ballads are a bit too heavy on the dark and moody side, but as a whole the package has an earthy, grounded atmosphere that draws you in.
Dumptruck co-founder Kirk Swan left after this one, and the band's later output served more as a solo vehicle for frontman Seth Tiven, lacking some of the pop sensibility of their peak work. But this one sees the remnants of the original band out on a high note.
Video for "Going Nowhere":
Here's an audio rip of "Carefree":