Susie Arioli Band
Learn to Smile Again
This fourth disc from the Susie Arioli Band is primarily dedicated to the music of Roger Miller, one of America’s finest country songwriters. He mainly wrote comedic songs (“You Can’t Roller Skate Through a Buffalo Herd”) but also crafted serious music that went on to be well respected and produce hits. (Can anyone say “King of the Road”?) It is Miller’s deeper, more melancholic material that gets attention on Learn to Smile Again, a remarkable tribute (six of 11 songs are Miller tunes) highlighting the lyricism and poetic simplicity of songs like “Half a Mind” or “A World I Can’t Live In.” Though these songs were originally recorded as country tunes, the Arioli band’s Django-style interpretations seem so fluid and natural, they are completely engaging.