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One Tough Town


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“One Tough Town”
Red Parlor 2007

The album gets off to a ROLLICKING start with a pair of tracks INSPIRED by both musical personalities of Memphis’ legendary Sun Records: ‘Whistle Blow,’ a gritty blues number on which Olney blows harmonica through a Wurlitzer piano speaker, and ‘Sweet Poison,’ a FIERCE rockabilly number propelled by one time Johnny Cash sideman Dave Roe’s slap bass. From there the album takes a turn into an amalgamation of pre-World War II as Olney stitches together BLUES, HILLBILLY and NEW ORLEANS influences. The latter shines through on ‘Who’s the Dummy Now?’ a song in which a ventriloquist is taken to task by his disgruntled dummy. With Olney’s guitar and ukulele backed by tuba, clarinet, trombone, piano and banjo, the track sets the tone for the rest of the album, sounding all the world like a jazzy combo from the 1930s. Tracks such as ‘Oh Yeah (Dead Man’s Shoes),’ ‘Sweet Potato’ and the mysteriously loopy ‘Postcard From Mexico’ display the same type of aesthetic, relying on UNBRIDLED ENERGY and the ensemble’s SENSE OF ADVENTURE.” – Jim McGuinness, Kingsport (TN) Times News

1. Whistle Blow
2. Sweet Poison
3. Who’s The Dummy Now?
4. Little Mustang
5. No Lies
6. Oh Yeah (Dead Man’s Shoes)
7. Snake Song
8. Panama City
9. Sweet Potato
10. See How The Mighty Have Fallen
11. One Tough Town
12. Postcard From Mexico
13. Rainbow’s End

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