THE BOT­TLE ROCK­ETS

UNCUT - - New Al­bums -

bit logic blOOd­sHOT 8/10 Vet­eran roots-rock­ers glide to­ward their fourth decade; long­time con­fi­dant Eric am­bel pro­duces

Dig­ging deep into the nooks and cran­nies of a van­ish­ing chunk of Amer­i­can mu­si­cal his­tory, Brian Hen­ne­man’s quar­tet con­jure sta­bil­ity in try­ing times. Gui­tarist John Hor­ton’s hearty riffs splat­ter across revved-up twists on coun­try, blues and folk, while Hen­ne­man’s re­source­ful blue-col­lar char­ac­ters – farm­ers and ar­dent AM ra­dio lis­ten­ers, truck driv­ers and honky­tonk night­club reg­u­lars – con­tem­plate es­capism (“Knotty Pine”), sim­ple plea­sures (“Lo-Fi”) and out­law coun­try’s role in the 21st cen­tury. Bit Logic con­tains high­lights aplenty, but “High­way 70 Blues” – think Del Reeves backed by Buck Owens’ Bucka­roos on steroids – is most riv­et­ing. LukE Torn

neil Arthur of blanc­mange

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