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Billy Jack

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Fine-tuning the blend of country and coffeehouse Americana that filled their 2008 debut, honeyhoney present themselves as a leaner, twangier band on this pitch-perfect follow-up. Trading licks on the banjo, acoustic guitar, and violin, bandmates Suzanne Santo and Benjamin Jaffe set themselves up as a more commercial Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, keeping the tempos slightly quicker and replacing Welch's backwoods drawl with Santo's husky, slow-smoked croon. She's clearly the focal point here, but Jaffe is the first mate who keeps the ship afloat, whether he's backing up his partner with vocal harmonies -- even taking the lead for a few moments on "Old School Friends" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Fine-tuning the blend of country and coffeehouse Americana that filled their 2008 debut, honeyhoney present themselves as a leaner, twangier band on this pitch-perfect follow-up. Trading licks on the banjo, acoustic guitar, and violin, bandmates Suzanne Santo and Benjamin Jaffe set themselves up as a more commercial Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, keeping the tempos slightly quicker and replacing Welch's backwoods drawl with Santo's husky, slow-smoked croon. She's clearly the focal point here, but Jaffe is the first mate who keeps the ship afloat, whether he's backing up his partner with vocal harmonies -- even taking the lead for a few moments on "Old School Friends" -- or claiming the songwriting credits for tunes like "Angel of Death," a vintage-sounding country ballad that recalls Hank Williams. If 2008's First Rodeo pointed the band in multiple directions -- acoustic folk one moment, '60s revivalist pop the next -- then Billy Jack narrows the focus and keeps its sights set on the south, resulting in a rootsy track list that's far more cohesive than honeyhoney's debut. The highlights are scattered throughout: "Ohio" builds up to a tent revival chorus; "Don't Know How" tugs on the heartstrings with an archetypal AM Radio melody, and "I Don't Mind" finds the two bandmates harmonizing like a co-ed Everly Brothers. Released by Lost Highway -- a label with far more country clout than Ironworks, the duo's previous home --- Billy Jack doesn't feel like a reboot as much as a clarification, as it brings to light the nostalgic, rootsy charm that First Rodeo only hinted at.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2011
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 044003148079
  • Catalog Number: 001
  • Sales rank: 41,222

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Angel of Death (4:01)
  2. 2 Glad I've Done What I Did (4:06)
  3. 3 Ohio (3:52)
  4. 4 Don't Know How (4:01)
  5. 5 Turn That Finger Around (3:49)
  6. 6 I Don't Mind (2:14)
  7. 7 Old School Friends (2:55)
  8. 8 Let's Get Wrecked (3:08)
  9. 9 L.A. River (2:44)
  10. 10 All on You (3:59)
  11. 11 Thin Line (4:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
honeyhoney Primary Artist
Barbara Gruska Drums
Andy Paley Harmonica, Drums
Ben Jaffe Guitar, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Vibes, Group Member
Becky Ward Violin
Greg Vincent Dobro
Jordan Katz Banjo
Raymond Richards Lap Steel Guitar
J. P. Maramba Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Tom Lea Viola
Kathleen Sloan Violin
Suzanne Santo Banjo, Violin, Vocals, Group Member
Mike G. Drums
Jordan Hudock Piano
Erik Kertes Bass
Nick Jandl Background Vocals
Allegra Kuklowksy Cello
Technical Credits
Ben Jaffe Composer
Josh Rouse Composer
Raymond Richards Producer
Matt Radosevich Producer
Suzanne Santo Composer
Hans Dekline Mastering
Erik Kertes Arranger
Todd Averback Producer
Kevin Circosta Art Direction
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