Ghost Town Deputies

Don't Mind If I Don't

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Dusty as a saloon floor and just as lonesome, San Diego's Ghost Town Deputies' Don't Mind If I Don't rips through 14 raw and rough-boned honky tonk rock filled with empty bottles and busted hearts, brush fires and old flames. Vocalist and songwriter Ian Trumbull kicks out some right catchy tunes accompanied by a simple trap kit and bass, augmented by Johnny Ford's soaring pedal steel. While "alt-country" has the tendency to get stale after sitting out for a while, these dudes pump enough raw energy and pop smarts into the tunes that it comes out sounding exactly like good rock & roll. Trumbull's forlorn Hank Williams-via-Paul Westerberg lyrics can seem down-in-the-dumps on paper, as in the sad sack tale "Prayers" ("My prayers all were answered/The answer was no"), but the hard-driving rhythm section turns it into an anthem rather than an emo weeper. As great as these guys sound on the record, it's easy to imagine how much better they'd sound with a cold Bud in hand, live on-stage in some sweat-soaked dive. With any luck they'll be coming to a saloon nearby any minute now.

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