Smith's Ranch Boys

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Of the herds of Western swing revivalists to come down the pike the last few years, Smith's Ranch Boys stand out among the best, able to capture classic sounds and attitudes without heavy posturing. The group, centered around guitarist T.K. Smith, formerly of Big Sandy and the Fly-Rite Trio, boasts an all-star lineup that also includes singing guitarists Johnny Maccree, Dan Vazquez, and steel guitar sensation Jeremy Wakefield. Between Smith's hot picking, Maccree's western crooning, and Vazquez' hilarious bawdy numbers (which would have been classics 50 years ago), the album is perfectly balanced and a lot of fun. Enthusiasts should track this one down.

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