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McMurtry has delivered time and time again with dark, dusty songs of blue-collar life and struggle, something to which most all of us can relate. On Just Us Kids, he proves that the well is still far from dry with an album of instant favorites. “Bayou Tortous” leads things off with McMurtry letting it all hang out with heavy guitar riffs and his signature grumble vocals. Then the albums title track slows things down, and tells a great story of disgust and adventure. Simple lyrics like “Had enough of this small town bullshit, Not staying in school, Making good dough working with my brother, cleaning out pools, Going out to California, Man it won’t be long, Soon as I get my license, color me gone,” are easy for any self-respecting rebel to grasp.
There are many other gems on Just Us Kids, like the boogie piano of “Freeway View” and the slowed down “Hurricane Party.” It is straight ahead, with very little flash or extra fill, just good old roadhouse rock and roll, like any good Texan would respect.
Just Us Kids is out April 15 on Lightning Rod Records.