Yesterday I started our affiliate web site “Song of the Day” with the song “Do Ya” from the Austin fella’s album “Neon Headed Fools”. After listening to the rest of the album and not having replaced our ex-expensive reviewer it’s down to me to cobble one together.
First impression left me with the Austin Chronicle headline “Texas Trampled by Turtles” and I will probably regret writing that. The band describe their foot-tapping,finger-clicking and head-bobbing music “browngrass, dirtier than Bluegrass”, 10 out of ten for the catchphrase fellas.
With Swiss yodeling, East European influences, Tejano accordion and fiddles fiddling it sure is different Bluegrass but in an inventive, wanting more way. It’s fun and funny, light heartening funny, Fred Eaglesmith funny, you know what I mean and if you don’t go get a copy and dance round kitchen while making breakfast, guaranteed good day to follow.
No filler songs gets Sour Bridge another 10 out of ten. Left-handed banjo’s another 10, Pucci, punchy lyrics yet another 10. In fact 10 out of 10’s all round so I have to knock the artwork as not being up to the standards of the rest of the production.
What amazes me is that the band has passed me by for the last 9 years, must get their back catalog, maybe if they read this they will send me .WAV files of them, doubt it, the reading not the sending.
It is difficult to give an album 10 out of ten, in fact there are very few out there and they have reached 10 after years of listening, so thanks to the cover work Neon Headed Fool gets a NINE out of Ten, (95%), one in a million rating here at TMEfm radio.