Tim Montana and his Shrednecks (Chris on lead guitar, Coach on bass, Dave on drums) are coming for you. It says so in the liner notes of their eponymous album. “Thanks to all who believed. To those who don’t, we’re coming for you.” They’ve given you fair warning. Don’t cry if you lose your misconceptions of what “country-rock” (or is it “rock-country?”) is.
“Nice Boy” is exactly what Tim Montana isn’t…and he really doesn’t give a damn if that bothers you. “Mr. Barnwell” is about a moonshiner, but don’t expect something you’d hear on Hee-Haw. Expect something that will make you sit up and take notice. “Dead Man Walking” is an anthem to those who know it might be too late to turn their life around before they meet Old Scratch. The album has a lot of rockers on it. “I Hope It Hurts” is what you’ll want to blare from your truck stereo as you drive away from your ex’s house and flip them the finger. “Never Gonna Take Me Down,” my favorite track on the album, sounds like part-Monster Magnet, part-barn burner, and part-that indefinable moment when you realize a bar fight is going to break out within seconds.
Another stand-out is “Rock and Roll, Where Ya Been.” It asks what a lot of us are asking nowadays. Real rock, the kind that knocks you out of your boots, seems hard to find. So, pick up this record. You’ll find plenty of it here.
~ Nik Havert
Nik Havert is a writer, DJ, harmonica player, martial arts instructor, comic book publisher, crime fighter,music lover, cult movie enthusiast, and modern day Renaissance man. He hopes to shark cage dive sometime in the next few years and enjoys travel and good natural root beer.
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