Country Music People October 2017 - Page 32

THE REEVES BROTHERS King Of Country Music  Waltzes And Western Swing / Damn You, Whiskey / Mama, You Raised A Ramblin’ Man / Honky-Tonks And Cheap Motels / Who Invented Honky-Tonkin’ / C.C Waterback / Riverboat Gambler / Sober Up To Face The Night / King Of Country Music / Unclouded Day Producer: not listed Self release 33: 58 “ If you miss the The Reeves Brothers are on a mission to keep West Coast country alive and I like the way they’re going about it. I also like their commitment: they even built a studio just to record this album. The beauty of this album, for me, is that it could almost have been the soundtrack to Smoky And The Bandit and whether you’re in a black Trans-AM, a Kenworth hauling logs, or a Ford Fiesta popping to Sainsbury’s this album should sit equally as well. Yes, it has something of a 70s sound but that is a large part of its magic. The Reeves Brothers even look like a bit of a throwback and I could almost imagine them being included in the picture on the cover of Lonestar Beer & Bob Wills Music. For that matter, I could imagine the opening track here, Waltzes And Western Swing, having been on that classic Red Steagall album. It perfectly sums up where me and The Reeves Brothers are at musically and I think I’m as happy listening to it as they are making it. Whilst there is a bit of a throwback element to their sound, The Reeves Brothers take the listener on a journey through hard country (Sober Up To Face The Night) to Outlaw (Mama, 32 cmp - OCTOBER 2017 hardcore sound of the 70s and wish you could still buy flared Levi’s then you really ought to check out The Reeves Brothers and this hugely enjoyable album. ” You Raised A Ramblin’ Man) and even a hint of bluegrass in the closing Unclouded Day, all of which they handle adeptly. Whether they are originals or covers The Reeves Brothers have a knack for making everything their own. Nowhere are they better than on Honky Tonks And Cheap Motels which in addition to being fantastically stone country is given added gravitas by the lead slightly gruff lead vocals. Strangely, amongst the other tracks is what appears to be a live recoridng (Who Invented Honky-Tonkin’) but rather than seeming odd it just made me want to spend an evening with The Reeves Brothers in a smoky bar somewhere (probably in Las Vegas). This band continually prove that they love and respect country music but they’re also having a lot of fun making their own. If you miss the hardcore sound of the 70s and wish you could still buy flared Levi’s then you really ought to check out The Reeves Brothers and this hugely enjoyable album. What happens in Vegas deserves to be heard by a lot more country fans. Duncan Warwick