Jason Loughlin

Peach Crate

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Wow. It's 2011 and Jason Loughlin's debut is a bunch of throwback country guitar instrumentals. Guitar, pedal steel, upright bass, and drums: think Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant, but Rich Hinman on pedal steel is neither as prominent nor as deranged as Speedy West. Nothing really fancy here, just some fine pickin'. There are both fast and slow numbers, and on "Steep Grade" and "Headless Body Topless Bar" Loughlin adds some muscle to the sound and stretches out a bit, getting closer to Jim Campilongo territory. All in all, Peach Crate is an excellent debut in a style that you just don't hear enough of nowadays.

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