‘texas, etc..’ - Jeb Barry and The Pawn Shop Saints - gutsy, straight-to-the-point, no pulled punches(April 04, 2018)
I can hear it now: "Why don't we release a double CD?" I can also hear the reaction from a potential audience, which might go something like: "But what about the possible downside of including 'fillers' to bulk out the offer?" Relax, that doesn’t happen here. There’s nothing on this album that doesn’t need to be there and what’s on offer is damn good. If your music-of-choice is low down, gutsy, straight-to-the-point, no pulled punches Americana (and it’s certainly mine) then ‘texas, etc..’ from Jeb Barry and The Pawn Shop Saints, is definitely one for you.
The ‘two-CD’ format delivers a ‘full-band’ disc of message-filled songs titled ‘The Sainted’ that range from the rockier side to a bluesy edge, ‘Trouble Down In Tennessee’, ‘Galveston ‘92’, ‘Gravel Roads And Whiskey Bars’ and ‘Keep The Devil Away’ followed by the second CD ‘The Saintless’, which offers a leaner, pared-back selection with tracks like‘A Little Mercy’, ‘I Can’t Live In Houston Anymore’, ‘El Paso Sucks’, and ‘Everybody Knows’.
As I said, if this music cuts it for you then it’s a ‘definite’.
Jeb Barry and The Pawn Shop Saints are Jeb Barry (songwriting, lead vocals, guitars, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, bass, Dobro) Michael O’Neill (guitars, vocals, mandolin) Chris Sampson (bass) and Josh Pisano (drums).
Review: Tom Franks