Sassparilla “Ramshackle”

This is how Portland, Oregon, does country. (Admittedly, it would be fun to see how Portland, Maine, does country, as well.) The comparisons to Virginian-era Neko Case are too easy to make, so I’ll let you do that.
“Devil” is like a checklist for this sort of thing. Harmonica? Check. Sing about a dog? Check. Female backing vocals, especially on the chorus? Check. The beat reminds me of the Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
“Mexico” has the vocals mixed high, but my expectations of a cohesive story were dashed early on. Still, it rooty-toots with the best of ’em. Square dancing is good for the core if you do it right. “Bruised by Tears” is a good time song for good time guys and gals.
“Sawdust” is a lot of fun as well. The songs don’t all sound the same, but they definitely all have the same vibe. You aren’t in store for any big surprises, and that just might be fine.

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