|Two Tons Of Steel, Oh No!|
Today a friend of mine from Texas sent me a brand new CD "Oh No!" of a San Antonio based band I had never heard of before, named "Two Tons Of Steel". When I played it I was pleasantly surprised, this is a very nice package! The CD opens with the title song "Oh No!" which is an authentic honkytonk-rockabilly song with a great slapping bass and raving rhtyhm, you'll like it the first time too. Very good lead- and steel-guitar. "Standing On A Rock", though at a slower pace, is also a great rockabilly song. The band has surely been influenced by original Sun performers as the likes of Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. "Southbound Train" is a true country rocker in the classic Johnny Cash style with a fast paced slapping bass rhtyhm, good job! "Old Nights" is kind of a bayou-blues ballad with a great Louisiana type accordion by guest musician Joel Guzman and "Don't Stand Too Close" is another good rockabilly song accompanied by some real good steel guitar by Denny Mathis. "Big Big Love" again has a Louisiana bayou influence, this time with Ron Kanuth on fiddle. "Havana Moon" is a country ballad, not the strongest song to my humble opinion, but it is followed by another very fast paced rockabilly song called "14 days". The next song "Heartache Of A Fool" reminds a bit of Johnny Horton, a great honky-tonk song. The last track (too bad there are only 10 tracks on this CD) is "Two Tons Of Steel". A great rocking song, the only track with additional saxophones by Evan Christopher, trumpet by Ed Sherry and trombone by Fred Mendoza. Very good slapp again and a lot of jazz influences mixed with a hot lead guitar. This last track is definitly my favourite. Just play it loud, I'm sure you can't sit still either. Did you pay attention? This CD contains a great mix of roots music, including rockabilly, country, western swing, cajun, blues and jazz. This of course totals up to only one thing: Rock and Roll!
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