Wednesday, May 09, 2007

New Songs from Two Dollar Pistols

It's about time we had some proper straight-up country round here and these new ones from North Carolina's Two Dollar Pistols are just that. Full on slide guitar, honky-tonk, non-ironic country at that.
And, my word, have you heard this man sing? John Howie Jr is blessed with a fine set of baritone pipes. He seems to know how to wear a hat, too, going by the picture that I managed to find.

Not that a hat seems to give him much luck with the ladies, oh no; this is a man who's done wrong and is wronged on a frighteningly regular basis and who I'd like to think would know a good pair of boots from tourist tat.

Listen - Two Dollar Pistols - Stranger Things

I love this. It ticks all my boxes – doomed love, a bit of boy/girl vocal, steel guitar and a chorus that you know you could sing at the top of your voice in the car. If you liked the Caitlin Cary/Thad Cockrell from an earlier post, then you'll love this.

Another belter, and the title of their new album out sometime very soon, Here Tomorrow Gone Today follows a familiar lyrical path but it is still top quality. This one has a swagger and wiggle to it - I can’t put my finger on what makes it stand out – so just have a listen to it yourself.

Listen – Two Dollar Pistols - Here Tomorrow Gone Today

The new record isn’t out yet – rest assured that we will let you know when it is. In the meantime, do yourself a favour and get your hands on their album with Tift Merritt (as featured in the Lonesome 2005) or one of their albums (my favorite being 2003's glorious You Ruined Everything).

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