Despite personnel changes, The Domino Kings continue to offer some of the finest traditional country music you’ll hear. Stevie Newman, Les Gallier, and Richie Rebuth all play guitars here, while David Sowers handles bass. Like the CD, the guitar parts are short and to the point – a lesson players (and writers) in many genres would do well to heed these days.
“Some Kind of Sign” kicks things off just like you’d want them to be kicked off – punchy, tremeloed chords and breakneck solos push it along. Check out the chromatic lick toward the end. Whew! There’s plenty of honky-tonk twangers here that sound great, too. “Walk Away if You Want To” and “It’s All Over But the Crying” are two-step heaven. The big, fat solo sound on the latter is an unexpected treat. “Pain In My Past” is a fun samba, the kind the Mavericks sort of made their own. Here the guitar work features double- and triple-stops guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. “A Million Miles From Here” is an acoustic country tune with twangy double-stops and fine stringbending.
Lyrically, things generally deal with relationships, except for the finale, “Bridges I’ve Burned.” It’s the extremely heavy tale of a killer, bound for the electric chair, recounting the sorrow he has caused. The big guitar solo fits the somber mood of the tune.
Fans of country music will love this. Guitaraholics, too. Great care is taken to make sure all the string work fits the tunes, and sounds great.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Dec. ’05 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.