Artist: THE WESTERN ACES
Style: Hillbilly, Western Swing, Honky Tonk, Rockabilly
This is the debut album for this British band, but Phil (Tennessee Rhythm Riders) and Mark (The Ricardo's) are now well known characters on the scene, and brothers Gordon and Dave Doel were in the Young Savages. With a sound as authentic as you can get, a set of solid originals you'd swear they come from an old 78's, and well choosen covers (Glenn Barber, Merle Kilgore, Johnny Cash), they offer a solid and highly enjoyable mix of hillbilly, rockabilly, boogie and western swing. Supported by a tight rhythm section, the guitar and the steel shine throughout.
Another strong point is that, not only three of them can write songs, but the same three (Dave Doel, Gordon Doel, Phil Morgan) sing which gives to this album a welcome diversity.
This is their first, let's hope it won't be the last cause this guys have a lot to offer to anyone who has good taste in music!
Fred "Virgil" Turgis
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