A honky tonker through and through, David Serby aided by Skip Edwards, Gabe Witcher and Rick Shea alongside his core band of Edward Tree, Taras Prodanuik and Gary Ferguson weaves together a string of easy on the ear barroom fare.
The work of producer Tree on lead guitar and the keyboards / accordion of Edwards on the infectious ‘For Cryin’ Out Loud’ —complete with a little Spanish styled acoustic guitar and the likewise, bright and breezy ‘Don’t Even Try’ are superb examples of Serby’s traditional-based music. The latter wouldn’t be out of place on a Paul Burch record —you could say the same about ‘Get It In Gear’ and ‘If You’re Serious’ as Serby and the band put down an infectious beat as they hit the flooring running.
With Serby cross-matching old with new, and the players performing to a high standard throughout it would be difficult to fault Serby’s music —but there is a tendency for a sameness to creep in. Good though the music is one song begins to sound like the last, and if it wasn’t for the subtle variations supplied on ‘Honky Tonk Affair’ and the above noted ‘For Cryin’ Out Loud’ that possesses a similar melody to Buck Owens’ golden oldie ‘Streets Of Bakersfield’! Likewise, the bubbly ‘Country Club Couples’ with it’s dashing guitar and shuffling rhythm and swing leaning ‘Permanent Position’ plus ‘The Heartache Is On The Other Sleeve’ are solid if short of being acclaimed as world-beaters down on honky tonk avenue.