Here's my latest project. We're going for a 60s country rock sound (don't laugh). Just demos and all very messy at the mo. Trying to figure out which ones are keepers. Feedback would be welcome!http://www.myspace.com/isc2010
First song, the 60s country rock influence is clear. Very Dylan (with better singing) - the harmonica is a nice touch. You're right about the roughness - a little is good, but there's a fine line. I'm sure you'll find it when you do the proper mixdown/re-record. I think, personally, the bass could do with some fattening up.
Much the same vibe for Carry Me Home, too.
I like the 'dirtier' voice on Heavy Throbber - got more of a sneer, if you know what I mean.
Crack Election Blues - again, very raw but I'm sure you know that. What I think needs attention here is the very strong room acoustics. Either do it in a dead room, then add (a little) reverb later or redo it in a room with a nicer ambience.
Musically, Chessboard sounds OK but I can't understand a word of it I'm sorry.
This kind of music has never really been my cup of tea, but I can appreciate the songwriting and you've definitely achieved what you set out to, with the 60s country rock.
I prefer arrangements that are more 'dense' and varied - with more layers and a bit of fatness, too. I also like to explore strange chord progressions, I have a 'jazzier' approach if you will (whereas yours is more bluesy) - I don't like to rely too much on tried and tested forms like 12-bar blues (although I am a sucker for the tried and tested 'pop' song structure with verse/chorus/mid 8/coda/etc I will admit).
I can certainly see a market for your music though.