The Wilders’ Commando Jam spirit comes to life on the pseudo concept album, Someone’s Got to Pay. Yes, this is foot stomping music in the best sense of revisionist bluegrass country a la Old Crow Medicine Show and The Hackensaw Boys.
And still, The Wilders dive into new territory on Someone’s Got to Pay, interchanging instrumental pieces with a powerful storyabout "an old murder ballad come to life." It’s the running theme behind the recording, and Phil Wade’s riveting guitar and mandolin mastery alongside Ike Sheldon’s acoustic strumming and picaresque keyboard work paint a stunning portrait born of darkness and desolation.
Poetic dalliances on the title track and "My Final Plea" sit together with breathtakingly swift rave-ups "Broken Down Gambler" and "Old Dirty Boot." Produced by The Wilders, Brendan Moreland and Dirk Powell, Someone’s Got to Pay heralds the forceful arrival of Commando Jammers, The Wilders. This is hoe down happy times with lightning in a bottle consistency for fresh and seasoned ears.
Someone’s Got to Pay is out now on Free Dirt Records.