Amy Crenshaw

Amy Crenshaw & the Crosstown Boys

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This is the debut album from Amy Crenshaw & the Crosstown Boys, which is fronted by the married couple Amy and Mitchell Crenshaw (yes, the brother of Marshall Crenshaw). Here, the two (who formerly played together as Hank & Patsy) collaborate with songwriter/producer/guitarist Alan Wooley (formerly of Killbilly and the Cartwrights) on a rousing blend of rockabilly and traditional country. Foremost in the album's mix is Amy's voice and this is often a good thing, as evidenced by her clear, strong delivery on the jump and rockabilly tunes. She does, however, have a tendency to pile on vibrato-laden, overly emotive histrionics, and when allowed to really stretch out and indulge herself, as on the Patsy Cline calling card "Sweet Dreams," she risks falling into parody. Nevertheless, the combination of Crenshaw's vocals and Wooley's classic guitar tones meld nicely a good portion of the time.

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