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THE WHISKEY GENTRY—DEAD RINGER (Pitch-a-Tent Records)

 

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Atlanta Georgia based band, husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow and band mates throw a wide enough loop to ensure their brand of Americana country music remains sounding fresh throughout.

On pushing the boundaries of the latter lead singer Staley gets to show off a number of sides to her vocal ability. For you have honky tonk barroom fare (“Dead Ringer”) and with banjo, fiddle and guitar licks going at it like crazy “Paris” is a big, fun-loving hoe-down number. When it comes to them covering a couple of golden oldies, Merle Haggard’s “Kern River” and Rosanne Cash’s “Seven Year Ache” gain inclusion, while sounding as if bouncing along like a pickup truck off down a bumpy country road “Martha From Marfa” has a neat energy run through it. Likewise can be aid of go for broke title cut “Dead Ringer”; plied in fiddle, banjo, electric lead guitar and bustling rhythm section Staley enjoys fantastic support. While she knocked me sideways on “Looking For Trouble”, this as she produces a measure heartfelt country ballad. 

Ever mixing up the themes and tempo, and on occasion’s style of music The Whiskey Gentry set themselves aside from most other bands performing the genre. Never more so is the case than when they cook up a storm on piano, banjo, upright bass and mandolin propelled “Rock & Roll Band”. Staley’s vibrant tones supported by a band consisting of her husband Jason Morrow, guitar, vocals, Sam Griffin (bass), Chesley Lowe (banjo, accordion), Rurik Nunan (fiddle, vocals), Les Hall (piano, Hammond, wurlitzer, acoustic, additional electric guitar, percussion) and Michael Smith, these guys can really play. Getting back to the Haggard cover she does a mighty fine job, the intonation in her voice and the general arrangement is top drawer; likewise goes for her seamless interpretation of “Seven Year Ache”. Be sure to check out the band's website for other covers. 

Recorded together, live in the same room in Asheville, North Carolina the Les Hall produced Dead Ringer follows the band's full-length releases Please Make Welcome (2011) and Holly Grave (2013). One of the biggest songs is the vibrant “Drinking Again” (it’s the kind of song Kelly Willis might have recorded) and with the diversity of her stretched into slow, pure as Tennessee moonshine Staley nails the beautiful understated ballad “If You Were An Astronaut” in magnificent fashion (it is one of those songs to have the listener hang onto every note). A joy to behold that’s for sure! 

 

                                                           Maurice Hope 

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Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
2
JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,PJ,DH
3
Steph Cameron
61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
Pheromona
ML
4
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
AR,RK,LK
5
Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
6
Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
7
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
8
Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
10
Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
JJ
12
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
 
11
Mark Martyre
35 pts.
Rivers
Independent
MF
13
Mavis Staples
32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Anti
HO
 
Peter Oren
32 pts.
Anthropocene
Western Vinyl
RB,HB
15
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
 
16
Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
HDB
17
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Lojinx
JDO
 
Jeff Crosby
25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
FCE,FC,JS
19
Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
 
 
Hardpan
24 pts.
Hardpan
Blue Rose Records
WR
21
The Deep Dark Woods
21 pts.
Yarrow
Six Shooter
JF
22
Lilly Hiatt
20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
TJ
 
Tom Russell
20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
JAB
24
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
MW
25
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
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