Backyard Tire Fire must be getting sick of hearing about this Tom Petty guy, so I'm not gonna mention him. I will mention "Roadsong #39." It's reminiscent of modern country radio with a pinch of The Nuge's rock and roll strut. Sneaking in some nice auxiliary percussion in the breakdown and surprising us with an acoustic guitar solo on the outro, BTF does it better than those interchangeable cowboys/fancy-lads plaguing CMT. Still, it's only rock and roll.
Speaking of the Travelling Wilburys, the production by Los Lobos keyboardist Steve Berlin reeks of Jeff Lynne, particularly on "Food For Thought" with its perversely catchy chorus. It would torque you off if it wasn't done so well. Since I'm not gonna talk about Tom Petty I will not mention "Estelle." Or that my backyard neighbor asked me if this was a new Petty track. I won't mention Ed Anderson swallowing his vocals or allowing his phrasing to hang out a bit too long here and there.
But I digress. Good to Be is a tribute to an earnest kind of pop rock that doesn't exist much these days. It's jingly and jangly. It rhymes. It's full of promises to ladies. It's good to be okay.
Backyard Tire Fire plays the Badlander Friday, Aug. 13, at 9 PM, with Mason Jar String Band. $10.