Tempo for Two

The Horton Brothers

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Tempo for Two Review

by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

The Horton Brothers are Bobby and Billy Horton along with guitarist Dave Leroy Biller, pianist Jarrod T. Bonta, and percussionist Buck Johnson. Tempo for Two borrows its rockabilly sound from an earlier era, although almost half of the album's songs are originals. The band also seems to throw in just a touch of Buddy Holly's softer side on Sonny Curtis/Jerry Allison's "More Than I Could Say." The best stuff includes the steady-rocking "I Had One Too Many," which features some nifty guitar work, and Johnny Horton's "Shadows of the Old Bayou." The Hortons, who also produced the album, add slap-back echo to the latter cut, and the arrangement includes some nice steel guitar work. While all of the material on Tempo for Two is competent, one wishes that the brothers would've extended the production and arrangement style of "Shadow of the Old Bayou" to the other material. Tempo for Two, at 31 minutes, is short, though one could argue that once upon a time, during the rockabilly era, 11 songs would've been plenty. For those who believe that popular music was never the same after the rockabilly era, the Horton Brothers' Tempo for Two is a blast from the past.

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