The Moonhangers

The Last of the New York Sessions (Bloodchili)

Texas Platters

The Moonhangers

The Last of the New York Sessions (Bloodchili)

Women, drink, and broken hearts: The Moonhangers like their country honest. And when Doug Strahan's delicate voice starts a-quiverin', it's lights out. His warning shot, "Steppin' Out," deals in regret, just like the rest of these New York Sessions. Ethan Shaw's baritone gets low-down and blues on "I've Been Down," the two frontmen coming together for spot-on Western swing of "3 A.M." Icing down the zydeco ("Crabs and Crawfish"), riffing ZZ Top ("Take Your Time"), and the "Pain, Pain" of Appalachia all result in jaw-in-you-beer musicianship. The local trio's alter ego, Chili Cold Blood, shows up in the funky "Take Your Time," but it's tradition that makes you want to cry: "Party of One," "Lifetime Commitment," and closer "Well to Do Man." This is sawdust-and-leather country worthy of a cold Lone Star on the Broken Spoke's dance rink. Get James White on the horn.

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