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TRAILERHAWK Half Up Front
For those who love Kentucky bourbon, Texas barbecue, and every act that’s ever recorded for Bloodshot Records, things don’t get much better than Half Up
Front’s “Church of Jim Beam”. Over thumping rock-steady drums and desert-burn guitars, smokyvoiced belter Carmen Bruno drawls “Found faith in a bottle/ Had troubles to drown.” As sweet and breezy as the band plays things on the EP’S final track, “Thing About You”, Trailerhawk (made up of various members of Sons of Freedom, Grapes of Wrath, and Sunday Morning) mostly fuses classic ’80s cowpunk with polished Americana on this winning five-song debut. The crash-and-bang kickoff, “Car”, is the Knitters doing shots in a trailer park with Shania Twain, while the desert-noir “Don’t You” will make you want to crawl behind the wheel of a ’69 Rambler and drive through the Nevada desert at midnight. It’s good to have a reason to pull on the Tony Lamas again.