Every once in a while, I encounter a band that I like immediately. After hearing Motel Drive on Radio Free Bakersfield, I contacted the band about its most recent album. Well, it didn’t take long to really enjoy the album that kicks off with “Trailer Park Queen.” The upright bass in this song gets the pace going as the singer sings about a woman with bleached blonde hair and tattooed thighs. The couple gets into a silver Airstream and heads to Tennessee for a “white trash wedding.” It’s a great uptempo song with a great story, and it is bound to get your toes tapping.
That certainly isn’t the only song that will get your toes tapping. “As—-e of the Year” is another great song that will get you moving. This song has a rockabilly/western swing feel to it. In this song, the singer ponders, “Ain’t it funny how one beer can turn to 22?” Yeah, it’s one of those songs where the narrator pays more attention to the bottle and the honky tonk than he does to his girl. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing along. Another song about imbibing more than a sensible amount is “Borrowed Time.” But hey, at least the narrator in this song is responsible. He crawls home every night because he is in no shape to drive.
In addition to the toe-tappers mentioned before, the band also performs some songs like “Tell Me Why” that would get people two-stepping at a place like The Swallows Inn in San Juan Capistrano. Also included on this album are two live tracks: “Drifter Blues” whose energy brings Cowboy Mouth to mind and “Plastic Dashboard Jesus.”
This album is part country, part revved-up rockabilly, and part western swing. The band sings about a lot of familiar themes (drinking, poor relationships, not wanting to stay in one place) but does it in its own way. “Long Tall Woman” reminds me of “One Time for Me” by Reverend Horton Heat, but other than that, while it sounds familiar, it doesn’t really sound like any other band. Did I mention that I immediately liked this band? Maybe I tipped my hand a little when I included this album in my favorites of 2010. Are you still just sitting there? Go get this album already. Call it a Christmas present to yourself.