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The Bootstrap Boys (from the album Hungry and Sober available on Letter S Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
The Bootstrap Boys make Country music ripe for scoring a late 70’s car chase and Saturday nights at the bar movies. Films like Smokey and the Bandit or Every Which Way but Loose had Country Rock heavy soundtracks, music reminiscent of what Michigan band The Bootstrap Boys are doing on Hungry and Sober. It is a record driven like a Rock band, dangerous with an Outlaw Country swagger while also being lyrically frank/funny, and all the way around melodically catchy. This is killer contemporary Country Rock music.
“As a Rule” opens Hungry and Sober in the Cow Punk mood, a cut loaded with Country chug and thick scratchin’, chickin’ pickin guitar. There’s groove underneath “City Livin’” while “You Got That Right” is a two-stepping, head-bobbing Psychedelic romp with raging guitar solos. “Carhartt Cowboy” has fun as Outlaw noir and “Tire Tracks” has a Country bounce while speaking as a country boy conservationist with Jake Stilson singing ‘leave only tire tracks, take only memories’.
“Even Though” is a moves with heart and dancing feet, nodding to a father who was also a bandmate, a cut with that late 70’s Country dance groove. This 2023 release is begging you to set the wayback machine to 1978 to hear where Country was trying out disco rhythms. From the instrumentation, that is top notch in every which way, to the quips like ‘line dancing in a zigzag’ or ‘sometimes an old song can feel too real when it hits you just right’, everything about Hungry and Sober is Country music killer. What Country music once was, what Country music is, what Country music SHOULD be. (by Bryant Liggett)
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