Cool New Country From the Lucky Tomblin Band and Trevor Alguire
Posted by Michael Mueller on September 24, 2010 at 11:26 AM
It seems that, outside of barn burners like Brad Paisley and Brent Mason, we sometimes don't give country music its due in this blog. But recently a couple of really good traditional country discs that probably won't get a lot of mainstream music press came across my desk, so I thought I'd share these gems with you.
Trevor Alguire Now Before Us
We've all heard the phrase "hot country" music, but what do you call it when it comes from the wintry wonderlands north of the border? Well, if you're referring to Now Before Us, the latest album from Ottawa, Ontario-based singer-songwriter Trevor Alguire, you might just want to call it "good country." Alguire, who in the past has been favorably compared to such roots music powerhouses as Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam, pairs his charming voice and formidable songwriting skills with a stellar band that includes Dobro, pedal steel, mandolin, and banjo. Album highlights include opener "Are You Ready," which stirs echoes of Brad Paisley strummers; the uptempo traditional "Pen a Man Down," which features impressive mandolin work from Gilles LeClerc; and "Weeping Willow," which conjures hints of Led Zeppelin's "Hey, Hey What Can I Do." For more, visit www.trevoralguire.com.
Lucky Tomblin Band Honky Tonk Merry Go Round
I'll be the first to admit I'm no connoisseur of old-style honky-tonk country record, but when Tele-master Redd Volkaert is holding down lead guitar chores, it gets my attention. A mix of old-time covers and consistent originals, the Lucky Tomblin Band's new album, Honky Tonk Merry Go Round (Texas World Records) is a traditional country album, without any real barn-burning excursions, and even though Volkaert can burn with the best, here he shows restraint and puts on a veritable double-stop laden and pedal steel–style clinic for fills and soloing over country strummers. Album highlights include "Wine," "She Loves Anything That Swings," and "The Other Side of the Blues." For more, visit www.luckytomblinband.com.