Lucky Stars | Hollywood and Western
an emily blunt music review
I truly got lucky with this musical find - and figured I'd share.
The Lucky Stars are a throwback to the real musicians of yesteryear
who'd gather at some sawdust gin soaked hootenanny to get the
folks up and dancin'.
half expect to be transported to roadside bars strewn across some
film noirish John Garfield-styled mid-America as the notes titillate
the mind's eye.
the title, "Hollywood and Western" has a stylized inner-thought
running about...either that or that's the corner where you'll
find their recording studio. I prefer to create a more fantastical
mini-bio for the clever artwork and title.
I was at The Gene Autry Museum - checking out the Sergio Leone
exhibit - when I had to have me some cowboy music. I was finding
the "usual" fare; whiny or extra modern Nashville fixins'
- yech. But, I'm picky. I want Buck Owens style, with a hint of
Cliff Edwards and bit of The Band ensemble-ish tunes. I come from
Canadian hillbillies and Hungarian gypsy stock - 'nough said?
And perhaps, now, you'll get why I usually leave the music reviews
to the more in-stream salmon in the cliche here at BluntReview.com.
Here there's a heapin' helpin' of edible audio with a midnight
special plate of pure delectable note transmissions mingled in
amoung. I had a listen and the first track sold me.
"Everybody's Fool," and it's roaring with multi - instruments
that know how to play nicely together aside near-yodel vocals
by Sage Guyton . Then there's a for-giggles-and-fun song on track
3, "Look What The Cat Dragged In" - have we not all
been there...track 7 is a kind of "honest guy's guy ditty
called ,"All Shapes and Sizes." The yarn's lyrics, while
sweet and jovial, are about as subtle as a guy wearing 1/2 a quart
of Aqua Velva in a two-person elevator. Hilarious! And
then there's track 8, "White Lie Blues," which slows
us down and serves up vocals which are eerie perfectly old-fashioned
by J.W.; he sounds like he's crooning over a cowboys' make-shift
campfire in an open range post fulfilling a run across the plains.
rechecked the credits looking for familiar hall-o-famer scribes
of the catchy lyrics and note combos...nope these are originals
by these yet-to-be-really discovered talents; 'ceptin for track
9, "Tennessee Tango" - ironically not my favorite of
the gents undertakings.
This is simply a must for parlayers of honky-tonk rockabilly beats.
The songs wail with bass fiddles, accordions, Bigsby steel guitar
and general musical mayhem - the good kind. The passion for the
genre-of-music is immediately apparent in the group made up of,
Chris "Whitey" Anderson, Sage Guyton, Brent " Mooney"
Harding, Charlie Paddock and J.W. aka Jeremy Wakefield.
ooze infectious rhythms as a preschool child might sticky up their
surroundings. Okay, bad analogy - but you get my drift - they
get under the skin even long after the music's stopped.
The group plays live around the greater LA area and they're worth
the effort to catch - when's the last time you saw six of seven
actually talented folks crooning on a stage, egos aside, and people
watchin' them unable to stay sedated and seated? Right - me neither!
can test-a-hear at Amazon too)
Everybody's Fool Listen
2. Chisel To My Heart Listen
3. Look What The
Cat Dragged In Listen
4. Hot Potato Listen
5. Get Off Your High Horse
6. A Fella Named Jack
7. All Shapes And Sizes
8. White Lie
9. Tennessee Tango
10. Been Betrayed Blues
11. Sugar Mama
Honky Tonk Bound
Their latest cd Stay Out Late
With The Lucky Stars is equally as enchanting and only available via