Wink Keziah & Delux Motel : Working Class Songs for the Drinking Class

wink_keziah_delux_motel_working.jpgWorking Songs for the Drinking Class is full of rambunctious attitude and smoking Texas guitar. Somewhere between the gun-slinging sound of Texans like Charlie Sexton and Joe Ely, and the vocal grit of Merle Haggard, Wink and his boys nail the bar down and start the whiskey flowing with  “ I Can’t Stop,” and don’t let up until the last note of “Jesse’s Farm.” 

“You’re Talkin’ Bout Me” is a floor-stomping number with smooth pedal steel, lively harp play, and vocals that bring to mind a younger, less commercial Hank Williams Jr.  There is no doubt that The Delux Motel are keepers of the rockabilly flame. They offer up enough booze-drenched honky-tonk to intoxicate even the most sober listener.

Though the music mostly takes on the nature of rockabilly and outlaw country, fans of southern rockers like the Drive-By Truckers and Lucero will find enjoyment in numbers like “Laredo” and “As Long As it Ain’t Here,” when the band revs the tempo a little and rocks a little more.  All in all Working Songs for the Drinking Class is a solid listen and an even better soundtrack to a good night of drinking. 

Working Class Songs for the Drinking Class is out now on Great South Records.

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