Somewhere between rock, country, and Americana stands the Wrinkle Neck Mules.
With their new offering, The Wicks Have Met, the Richmond, Virginia act have managed to put out a diverse yet cohesive disc that's sure to please fans of any genre.
Kicking off with "Bells & Whistles," a rocking tune fit for a Budweiser and shot of bourbon, the disc immediately grabs your ear with its catchy hook.
If you're a fan of ballads, this disc's got enough to satisfy, while "Black Skies for the High & Mighty" is great bluegrass with drums, replete with great mandolin and banjo work.
"Cadillac Limousine" will satisfy fans of Son Volt, with Jay Farrar-esque vocal delivery. The pedal steel work from Mason Brent really adds texture to the tune, one of the stand-outs on the CD.
Chase Head' banjo work shines on "The Whistler Knows Best," another great bluegrass-y track.
The disc closes as strong as it opens; "Broken Rider" is a great track across the board, from the guitar and mandolin work to another great pedal steel solo from Brent.
The Mules really do a great job of breaking up the slower and faster-paced tunes, saving the disc from lagging. It's bluegrass, then ballad, then rock, all capably handled, to mesh into one great listen.
There may be another, harder-rocking act that most think of when they hear "Mule," but it won't be long before this Wrinkle Neck band is on the tips of tongues across the country.