The Bottom Line
- "Let Jesus Make You Breakfast"
- "After the Hurricane"
- "A-1 on the Jukebox"
- I have to admit I miss the old retro honky-tonk sound.
- Eleven new songs, produced by John Keane and BR549.
- Featuring the Jordanaires on "The Devil & Me."
- New lineup featuring Chuck Mead, Don Herron, Shaw Wilson, Mark Miller, and John Keane.
Guide Review - BR549 - Dog Days
Now, with the last two discs BR549 have taken their pure country sound in a more rootsy direction, a little banjo-laden almost bluegrassy feel instead of that swinging honky-tonk that I loved from 'em, but I sure have to admit it's good. Starting out with "Poison," a banjo-laden foot-stomper about the, well, "evils" of drink, "Dog Days" is anything but. Rich violin opens the timely, poignant "After the Hurricane" (actually written before Katrina), and from there the boys continue to demonstrate their range and skill in each song, ranging from the blues in "Lower Broad St. Blues" to the gospel-flavored "The Devil & Me."
There aren't many groups out there with the range of BR549, the talent, and the sheer enthusiasm, as well as the solid, never-varying respect for tradition. Whether it's bluegrass or honky-tonk, it's the way country music ought to sound. BR549 delivers as promised. This is country.