This debut is an exhilarating introduction to the Bay Area honky tonk scene from the band leading the pack, Red Meat. Proud of the heritage they are carrying into the next millennium, Red Meat makes no bones about their affinity for Buck Owens, Don Rich and the Bakersfield sound. "Highway of Heartaches" is one heck of a ride right down the middle of the old San Joaquin Valley in spirit and content. Texas swing is given a facelift as they dive into "Texas-Texas," while their humor is flaunted on the hit "The Girl with the Biggest Hair" and the potent "Nashville Fantasy." Strong songwriting and execution makes this a disc bound to be played over and over again.