Grand Old Grizzly (from the album Pure Country Pyrite available from Edgewater Music Group)
Kick your album off with a double-dealing bang. Murder ballads shouldn’t be horded by the twang bands, although they seem to be most comfortable underneath the smoking gun and bloody knife umbrella of twang that lives within a stone’s throw of classic country and bluegrass. A murder ballad as an album opener is a charge out of the gate mentality, one that sets the steady pace of bent outlaw and revved up country heard on Pure Country Pyrite, the latest release from Houston, Texas’ Grand Old Grizzly.
“Gundowners” reads like a Bonnie and Clyde tale where a stoner thief partners with a runaway, their relationship of killing ending in a scene of brutal betrayal. “Took a Little Trip” is a mid-tempo tune with the harsh reminder that ‘if rock and roll ain’t killing you, you probably ain’t doing it right’. It’s a revelation that indulgence, often the key to success, is the thing that both helps and hinders your art. ‘I see you dancing, honey, and those aren’t no virgin hips’ comes from “Carmen,” a tale that drives along in jangly glory, a love story with some beautiful pop-sensibilities that resides into Long Ryders territory. This is an album that charges with enough subtle steel and telecaster twang to stable the band comfortably between rock’n’roll and classic country. Grand Old Grizzly slays and the top-notch storytelling of songwriter Will Thomas overflows with glorious and gut-wrenching life. A band like Grand Old Grizzly does more for the world of country music than a parking-lot pick-up truck country band ever will. (by Bryant Liggett)
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