The Pistoleros

Hang on to Nothing

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The Pistoleros' debut album Hang on to Nothing is an intoxicating blend of roots-rock, country and Mexican music. In some ways, the group is like an Americana version of Los Lobos, but the Pistoleros have a stronger classic rock and power-pop bent, which makes their music muscular and powerful. They're also talented songwriters who have excellent taste in collaborators. Gary Louris and Marc Perlamn of the Jayhawks co-wrote "Hang on to Nothing" and "Wasting My Time," while the Smithereens' Pat DiNizio co-wrote "Somehow Someway," "Nothing Lasts Forever" and "The Game." The first single, "Hang on to Nothing," is a Douglas Hopkins composition, and like "Hey Jealousy" and "Found Out About You," the two hits he wrote for the Gin Blossoms, it kicks with a rootsy spirit and irresistible melody, and it's just the icing on this excellent debut.

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