Coast to Coast Live

Coast to Coast Live

by BR5-49
     
 

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If you've already heard BR5-49, you're no doubt pressing your Nudie suit in anticipation of the rollicking promise of a full-length live album. If you haven't, you need look no further than COAST TO COAST for a crackling introduction to the band hot enough to strip the boot polish off Nashville's Music Row. COAST TO COAST captures the energy and humor enjoyed by

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If you've already heard BR5-49, you're no doubt pressing your Nudie suit in anticipation of the rollicking promise of a full-length live album. If you haven't, you need look no further than COAST TO COAST for a crackling introduction to the band hot enough to strip the boot polish off Nashville's Music Row. COAST TO COAST captures the energy and humor enjoyed by audiences at 1999 live shows across the country. This is not a greatest hits package, however -- most of the tunes have not appeared on the band's previous releases. Since BR5-49 built their loyal following on the strength of their regular sets at Robert's Western World, they are truly in their element here. You can almost smell the sweat dripping from the strings of Don Herron's steel guitar on "Waitin' for the Axe." Charlie Daniels's "Uneasy Rider" gets a breakneck workout, as do ten other rocking performances, from the original "Even if It's Wrong" to inspired covers like Gram Parsons's "Big Mouth Blues." If there's a bar in hillbilly heaven, BR5-49 is on the jukebox. Don't miss the party. Karl Hagstrom Miller

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For all their acclaim and genuine talent, retro-country act BR5-49 struck some listeners the wrong way -- namely, fans of the honky tonk, Bakersfield country, Western swing, country boogie, and rockabilly that BR5-49 revitalized with their studio records. To these listeners, the quintet may have had the chops, but they were just a bit too knowing -- they weren't playing with a smile, but a smirk. Reasonable enthusiasts could disagree on this point, and they did, but there still remained a significant portion of would-be fans that couldn't get with the band, because what some perceived as good humor seemed like condescension to others. Those listeners may be surprised by the group's first live album, Coast to Coast. Recorded in the summer of 1999 (at five different locations), the album finds the group in their element, passionately knocking out tunes in front of an appreciative audience. They're tight, energetic, and musically deft, effortlessly switching genres and spitting out high-octane solos. It's pretty intoxicating, actually, especially since the band has great taste -- not only do they revive Don Gibson's overlooked "Sweet Sweet Girl" and Bob Wills & Tommy Duncan's standard "Brain Cloudy Blues," but they are no elitists, choosing to cover Gram Parsons ("Big Mouth Blues") and the far less hip Charlie Daniels ("Uneasy Rider") as well. Some fans of pure country music may find Chuck Mead's voice just a little jive, but he's a hell of a guitar player in a crackerjack band, and if you only concentrate on that, Coast to Coast doesn't just come alive -- it crackles. Not enough credit can be placed on the live setting; its kinetic excitement is the reason why Coast to Coast is the BR5-49 album for listeners who aren't already fans, while still being a delight for diehards.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2000
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221890922
catalogNumber:
18909

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