Blue Water Highway Band’s Things We Carry effortlessly backs elegant wordplay (“Hard Time Train”) with energetic melodies (“Medicine Man”). Sharp songwriting guides the entire journey (“Highway to Glory”). Songs stick. They resonate. Listen closely. You’ll hear. “These songs show how we deal with struggles and joys,” frontman Zack Kibodeaux says, “and they deal with everything from heavy topics like depression from the loss of a child to the highs and lows of romantic relationships.” Chief songwriters Greg Essington and Zack Kibodeaux, who raised funds for the record through a hometown Gulf Coast concert, fuel complex harmonies with operatic elegance. Results are stunning.