SADDLE TRAMPS: Nashville Swinger: CD

May 31, 2007

Wait'll the big guns get a whiff of this one. The Saddle Tramps are on par with legendary gold-standard groups like BR5-49, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, the Derailers, Shaver, the Paladins, and the Blasters—well-balanced and well-written country rock. Capable of pounding out spaghetti westerns, blistering psychobilly, and Mariachi/ Norteño-infused country (Tex-Mex), the band rounds out their sound with a light-hearted wit similar to Robbie Fulks and the swaggering confidence associated with Twistin' Tarantulas. Snicker-inducing titles include: "How Can I Say I Love You (with a Shotgun in My Mouth)?" "My Dick's Too Big," "Cotton Pony Express," and "(You Put the) Cunt in Country." They've also thrown in a surprising cover of the Vandals' "Susanville." Live with three studio tracks.

 –thiringer (Split 7)

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