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If you love Country, you will adore this.

Are these siblings Country? Are they Rock? Either way, they're just great. Their first album showed what could be done, and this album is them doing it.

From the moment 'Slow Your Roll' pats the hammock and uncorks a bottle, this is a calm and fun ride. 'Shoot Me Straight' cranks up the Rock, but has a lovely party chorus and a huge burning solo - oh, and a glorious wig-out to end. Then they can add Country to a rather retro Soul backing; it's an audacious move within 'A Little Bit Of Trouble' but very successful. I'm not so sure about the advance single 'Pushing Up Daisies'; it does conform, but the syncopated beat adds something special, and the smooth guitar solo seals it.

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They do simple rocking of course; the times are good on the plonking piano-backed and suddenly funky 'Drank Like Hank'. The fun in 'A Couple Wrongs Making It Alright' is as infectious as fear in a Daily Mail editorial. When you hear 'I Don't Remember Me (Before You)' it will sound like a lot of other rather mawkish Country Rock stuff out there, and 'Weed Whiskey & Willie' is a slow burning Country track that seems perfectly at home on albums like this.

If you love Country, you will adore this. If you love Rock, this is for you. If you love music, come on in and pull up a stool. There are lots of people doing this kind of thing, but not many doing it as well. If you make a trip to 'Port Saint Joe', you'd better bring your dancing shoes...

Steve Swift

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