Decidedly Midwest in their approach, the beer guzzlers in Deke Falcon serve up songs that are as immediate as a shot of Jack with a Budweiser chaser on Sand in the Shower, Rust on the Road. Surprising then, that they call Eugene, OR, home, but origins aside, these Deke dudes rock when they wanna. Just check the blistering "Picking Up Sticks in '96" and the muscular "Squadron" for evidence. Perhaps at times their roots rock approach feels dated (think Damien Jurado out in front of a .38 Special cover band), but frontman Patrick Hayden also has the courage to be introspective, leading his group through a somber keeper like "On the Roof." But at their core, Deke Falcon makes bar rock, replete with tinges of roots rock's country and blues elements. And sometimes that's all you need.
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AllMusic Review by John D. Luerssen