1-4-5-GO (2016)

A few years ago, this native band from Georgia (a state well known for their musical performances) released a corrosive record, a mix of Georgia Satellites, Status Quo and George Thorogood. In short, good old rock played in a hurry to have a good time. There, it’s done again for a second album still effective but with more maturity as a bonus. From the first title, « The rebel in me », we get into the theme performed on the bagpipe and doubled on the guitar. Training and straight, this tune offers a good slide solo. « The beggar » is geared towards speedy country-punk and sounds like electric sauce-flavored Pogues with a particularly muscular solo at the third. Come on, this is badly bad! But our Western Sizzlers still have a lot of ammo to burn. Some Status Quo-like boogie with a nervous slide (« My time’s comin’ »). Solid rock Rory Gallagher style with « Do me a favor » and his solo well tossed. A beautiful ballad (« Half a bottle ») with a twelve-string acoustic guitar intro and a solo in the style of Dickey Betts. Good rock « made in Dixie » with « Black rose » and its country-rock slide that has a ball (and we also at the same time). Again another tune that hits good with a hint of British influence (Dave Edmunds is not far) and a « killer » guitar solo. And finally, a bluegrass acoustic ballad tinted with Irish folklore (which we can hear several aborted debuts throughout the disc). So this is a very nice achievement of the Western Sizzlers who have known how to refine their music while keeping the essential that makes their charm, this good old rock’n'roll!

Keep on rockin’ !

Olivier Aubry

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