Band reunions can be joyful, fist-pumping
celebrations or dismal funeral services for long deceased entities that
should never have been exhumed. If you’re scoring at home, Roots Rock ‘N’ Roll, the first new 6 String Drag album in 18 years, belongs deliriously in the celebratory category.
If it’s possible to get drunk on sound
alone, The Whiskey Charmers’ intoxicating self-titled debut album will
do it. And it’s utterly unfathomable for me to comprehend how something
that sounds like a soundtrack to a spaghetti western’s most sexy boudoir
scene could possibly come from Detroit. And yet …
Many will remember Edward David Anderson
from the rootsy Rock band Backyard Tire Fire, in which he
wrote virtually every song the band performed and recorded. When the
group opened for Los Lobos a few years ago, Steve Berlin was listening backstage and was instantly impressed. That led to Berlin producing Anderson’s excellent new
album, Lies & Wishes.
After cranking out eight studio albums over the first 13 years of a recording career that began with the 1990 release Smoke ‘em If You Got ‘em, the group’s most recent album, Rev, marks only the second studio release from the Dallas-based group since 2004’s Revival.