Another surefire batch of songs with great pickin’ by the amazing Redd Volkaert and John Reed, many of these songs fit into the honky-tonk heaven category.
Mel Tillis’ “Honky Tonk Song” is prototypical. Same goes for “Howlin’ At the Moon,” “Good Lookin’ No Good,” and “A Fool Such As I.” Country swing is represented with “I’ll Keep On Loving You” and “Time Changes Everything,” and good ol’ rock and roll surfaces with “Red Hot” and “Party Doll.” Through it all, the two guitarists dip and dive through plenty of twin leads. In between, Reed serves up on-the-money solos. When Volkaert takes a turn, though, you expect the unexpected. His take on “Howlin’ At the Moon” is a typical scratch-your-head-and-laugh excursion, and his fills throughout are jazzy snatches that show how well country and jazz can fit – in the right hands. Lucky supplies fine vocals throughout, as do Redd, bassist Sarah Brown, and pianist Earl Poole Ball. All are so good they make this a perfect listen.
A bonus DVD lets you in on the recording process, and it’s easy to see why the record is so much fun to hear – everyone is enjoying themselves. And there is one surprise for guitarists – video of Redd soloing with a Les Paul!
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Dec. ’07 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.