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The Bottletones - The Sheriff Of Bottletone Co.dotdotdotdot
artworkAlbum two from this Illinois big guitar band with two feet firmly in the modern rockabilly camp, and a third on a Dewey Webber. In addition to four solid guitar instros, there are ten solid vocals executed with style and humor, and with names like Ace - guitar, Crash - guitar, Thunk - bass, Speed - drums, and Scratch - vocals, you know it's gonna be swell. "Rocket 7" is a very cool slamabilly dramatization of a trip to the outer reaches. Then, there's "El Chupacabra" and its rural myth story line. Like it sign reads at the border, "Foot Pads, Thieves, and Dance-House Loungers Must Get Out Of Bottletone County And Stay Out... Otherwise Hang."
Picks: The High Sheriff, Gas Rhonda, Cannonball Baker, French Curves

Track by Track Review


The High Sheriff dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Ultra cool surfabilly instrumental with an infectious riff and a cowboy gate. It is playful and fun, but also dramatic and serious. Rhythmically great, with tuff guitar and ample energy. Excellent!

Gas Rhonda dotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

"Gas Rhonda" sports a chunky rhythm, damped second guitar, and twangy whammy lead guitar over spunky drums and solid walking bass. It's not exactly melodic, but it is very enjoyable and full of watery influences, especially in the whammy and glissando department. very nice.

Cannonball Baker dotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Yikes... a slithery whammy and slide fest with a rockabilly underbelly. Just south of demented, "Cannonball Baker" has a mechanical bull feel and beer soaked unreality about it. The question is, just what or who is cannonball baker?

French Curves dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

An ode the cher che la femme, this low-E double picked thunder monkey is surf laden and dark thunderhead driven, with cactus for breakfast and afternoon coyote breath. Cool and mean, yet playful.