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CD: Brushville


Got it Going On 2:55 Bar star 2:48 Baby’s Got her Boots On 3:12 2 a.m. 2:56 Dangerous 3:21 
Still Holding on to You 3:11 Country Crazy 3:25 Midnight Honey 3:35 Get on Down the Road 3:22  
Truckload of Good Times 3:06 17 You and Me 3:05 
I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this one. I’ve been looking at it for a while thinking about it trying to decide if I wanted to review it or not. But, after much consideration I decided that I didn’t really feel like just using someone that had just one name I really wanted to review a group. One's that associate themselves with just their name kind of make me feel like I’ll be getting another country-pop wonder that 12 year old girls will dance and cheer to while watching Disney movies. That’s not what I’m into. Sure, I’ve got an 8 year old daughter. That may also be the reason. I hear enough of that crap while sitting at home so let me get on down to it.    
Definite country...deep country, they start off talking 'bout Daisy Dukes and all. Just by the sound of this guy’s voice, I’m sure he could kick my ass. Got it Going On, it makes sense why this song has got that title. I have not heard country like this in a long time. I mean, I review a lot of bands usually like blues, jam bands, Americana but this is definitely country. A deep bass, heavy drums and then the vocals come in. It’s almost a metal opening, before the rhythm kicks in. If it weren’t for the lyrics, I wouldn’t have known the difference. This song just made me feel like cranking up the music, lighting a match, setting a barn on fire and dancing around like a mad man. 
What I usually bitch about when writing my reviews, doesn't happen with this band. Bar Star, doesn’t let go of that power, that strength, that hold that makes you want to keep listening. This is always where I second guess, where I begin to question my judgment. But, in both the first two songs the rhythm guitar is thumping with steady dark chords while the lead is breaking out with incredible solos that not just add but also help demonstrate the musical talent of these guys. 
Baby's Got Her Boots On slows it down, focusing on the lyrics and the drummer. The song still has a hard riff with the lead once again breaking into a great solo. There is a major difference I have found with this band and the last few bands I've reviewed; the singer's twang, the hard drum beat, the rhythm and lead all blend together into a soothing yet violently controlled clash of a lightning storm. 2 a.m. keeps the pace. It maybe even bring the album down a bit more. It follows and fills in perfect step; this actually may be one of the closers for their shows. This song is very lyrically driven with great vocals and a feeling that most can understand. 
Dangerous begins to pick it back up, it has powerful rhythm guitar, the lead steps in but it's much more driven by the beat, the strong chords, and the vocals. It'll get your knee slamming your heel against any floorboard. 
Country Crazy opens up with a powerhouse riff. This is another song driven by a dark cascading rhythm that flows like a black waterfall. Midnight Honey is the first song I noticed a keyboard. It may have been there before and I just overlooked it, but this song opens up with it which had me spinning, my ears listening carefully, wondering if it had a piano or what. Get on Down the Road, is a boot stomping, road house, honkey tonk, bull riding jam.17 You and Me, has the lead guitar almost taking over and pushing the limits. 
I have to say this is an incredibly well produced album. It may be the best I have reviewed so far. I can understand why they are gaining so much traction the farther they go. I checked out their webpage out of curiosity which I rarely, if ever do. The only fault I could find, and this is just my personal opinion, is they write some of their own songs but also use writers for others. I would have to suggest checking these guys out, because if you don't now, you'll be listening to them sooner or later anyway. 
Jeremy Frost for Country Music News International

1 comment:

  1. love the cd if you haven't heard it your missing out on a great cd go see them in concert and get a cd