(2004/COW ISLAND) 12 tracks (32:19) Boston's blend of Honky Tonk, Hillbilly and Western Swing. Produced by Sean Mencher.
fans of Boston's hillbilly scene get misty-eyed when the conversation
turns to the golden age of the early '50s. There was a day when the
airwaves crackled with WCOP's Hayloft Jamboree (three shows a day at one
point!), country music was all you heard at dozens of nightspots in and
around BostOn, and even the snootiest Hah-vand-educated Boston Brahmin
could walk into II Walker's Riding Apparel and walk out looking like Bob
Wills. Indeed, it's been reported that Boston alone accounted for 25%
of all country record sales in the American east during that era.
it's bats off to The Twilight Ranchers for doing their level best to
turn back the clock to that golden age. I first encountered them on a
Friday night at the Plough and Stars in Cambridge; a bunch of guys
dressed to the nines in vintage western duds and playing instruments at
least as old as the songs they were playing. What stood out was the
music, though; a blend of classic honky-tonk, hillbilly, and a bit of
western swing that had feet a-tappin' and liquor a-pourin'. There was
really no room to dance, but people did anyway.
hooked up with string wizard/producer Sean Mencher (High Noon, Wayne
Hancock) and engineer Matt Robbins (King Memphis), The Twilight Ranchers
now offer the rest of the world a bit of. what Boston's been hearing
for the last couple of years. So without any further ado, I give you WJ,
Rob, Jon, Brad, and Matt - The Twilight Ranchers! -Jon Johnson, Country Standard Time magazine.
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