"Songlines" is perhaps Derek Trucks Band's most accessible album, it
completely captures the diverse strengths of the group and it's leader.
One of the most prominent virtues of Songlines (the title was taken from
an aboriginal tale) is the down-to-earth presence of vocalist Mike
Mattison. His usually somewhat gruff tones can give way to a soulful
falsetto, as on "Crow Jane", but either way, Mattison's singing is free
of affectation and replete with focused emotion. Along with producer Jay
Joyce, the vocalist also collaborates on original songs like the
album's understated closer, "This Sky", thereby adding personality to
the unit with more than just his voice.