A retro-country act hailing from Denver, CO, the Honky Tonk Hangovers
offer up plenty of quality old-school twang with a minimum of fuss or frills on their debut album, Every Little Honky Tonk
. Unlike many current bands trading in traditional country stuff, the Honky Tonk Hangovers
don't sound as if they're putting more effort into sounding like Lefty Frizzell
ever did, which adds to the authenticity -- there's a breezy, casual sound to this group that belies the very fine musicianship on board and evokes an upbeat honky tonk spirit with spirit and a smile. Ranger Dave Hall's fleet-fingered lead guitar and breezy steel lines carry the melodies with easygoing fire, Hall and Hayride Jeff Yeary's vocals are just rough enough around the edges to sound like they belong in a roadhouse and smooth enough to suit the lyrics, and bassist Donnie Jerome and drummer Brandon Irons
keep up a solid and insistent shuffle behind them at all times without making a show of it. While some retro-country outfits sound like the musical equivalent of dude ranch cowboys, the Honky Tonk Hangovers
feel more like cowpokes who work the ranch and get the job done, and if they don't fancy things up too much on Every Little Honky Tonk
, they'll get you dancing and feeling fine at the end of the night, and that's what counts.