Some of the best guitar playing to hit my ears this year comes from a country album. Josh Zee of Austin’s The Mother Truckers is the guy unleashing the fury, and one listen to the rip-it-up solo on the opening track, “Dynamite,” and you will possibly agree. If you aren’t convinced, check out the title track on this album (the band’s third overall), where his licks will bury most shred-heads. A country record it may be, but it’s a hard rockin’, heart breakin’, let’s-get-drunk-and-fight kind of country record, and it satis-fries from front to back.
The Mother Truckers are a showcase for the singing and songwriting talents of Zee and his female counterpart, the Teflon-voiced Teal Collins. Backed up by the rhythm section of Dan Thompson (drums) and Danny G (bass), this is a band that lives in the van while making the world their roadhouse. Collins particularly shines on a heartfelt cover of the Billy Joe Shaver-penned “When I Get My Wings” as well as on the brief, lighthearted closer, “Let’s Stay Outside.”
For tongue-in-cheek humor and Texas-sized songwriting chops, as well as good-time music with twang, Let’s All Go to Bed is where it’s at. (Chris La Tray)