Quinn colors within the lines for most of this album, but it’s not all trucker hats and Bud Light here. There’s some New Orleans trumpet on “Chaille-au-pied,” and mournful pedal steel mixes with upbeat harmonica on “Maverick.” And a traditional bluegrass fiddle medley rounds out the album. Two-step drinking songs like “Gonna Come Back For More” fit in well with tender barstool confessionals like the ballad “One of These Days,” all delivered in Quinn’s pleasant tenor. The songs are short and sweet—less than half even reach the three-minute mark—but they’re packed with clever lines, sentimental harmonies and twangy fills. All that makes them the kind of songs that hang around in your brain like honky-tonk regulars.
Kory Quinn and the Comrades play the Bitter Root Brewery in Hamilton Sat., Nov. 23, 6 to 8 PM. Free.