Monday, November 9, 2015

The Nouveaux Honkies -- Blues for Country

It's hard to imagine a more picturesque life than the Nouveaux Honkies'. Tim O'Donnell and Rebecca Dawkins travel the country in a souped-up RV, complete with solar panels and a mini recording studio. The couple set up shop in a city for a couple of months, gig around, and then move on. Blues for Country soaks up the many influences of the American South.

The lead-off track showcases O'Donnell's smooth, blue-eyed soul voice. "Life Ain't Easy" is one of my favorites road songs -- it acknowledges that a musician's life is hard, but it doesn't wallow in the pain. That's left for songs like "Nobody's Name" and "Whiskey's Getting Harder to Drink." Overall, Blues for Country is a pleasure jaunt through the music we love. All of these songs sound like something you've heard before -- in the sense that they're classics, not that they're cliched. The Nouveaux Honkies confidently combine country, blues, and rock'n'roll with their signature loving and playful touch.

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