On its sophomore effort Knockin' Em Back, the Roy Kay Trio delivers more high-energy rockabilly sans drums and cum excitement. Once again showcasing the talents of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Roy Kay, lead guitarist Mike Geglia, and bassist Robin Cady, the trio achieves an even tighter overall group aesthetic than on their stellar debut, Wanderin' Mind. Produced and recorded by Big Sandy cohorts Wally Hersom and Ashley Kingman, the album has a vintage '50s sound that should appeal to purist rockabilly fanatics. To these ends, Geglia has found a tasty Paul Burlison-type balance between low twang and "chicken-pickin'" freneticism while Cady's solid and punchy bottom-end more than makes up for the lack of a drummer. Singer Kay's immediately hummable originals including the danceable "In the Middle" and the bluesy leadoff track, "I Know," smartly outweigh cover tunes this time around, although he does imbue such vintage nuggets as Hank Williams' "There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight" and the Johnny Burnette Trio's "Lonesome Tears in My Eyes" with his usual warm charm.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Collar