Dusty 45's

Shackin' Up

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On their full-length debut, Seattle's Dusty 45's -- and, please, a round of applause for one of the drop-dead-coolest rock & roll band names of all time -- sound like Bob Wills' Light Crust Doughboys time-traveling their way into a jam between the Blasters and NRBQ. The latter comparison is the most apt, because the Dusty 45's have a similar shaggy, ramshackle charm, even if they are a bit more high-energy than their East coast brethren (singer/guitarist Billy Joe Huels climaxes a lot of shows by lighting a trumpet on fire before taking a Western swing solo). Highlights here include the Tex-Mex piano and twang guitar instrumental "Exploding Pinto," and the sassy, almost Squirrel Nut Zippers-like "32 Quarters," but the showstopper is the six-minute blowout "For a Moment," which veers from '50s rock balladry into something much wilder. Shackin' Up is an entertaining debut and a great party album.

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