Surgeon Generals Warning: This band, like this music review, may burst into flames at any moment. Read at your own risk. Heres a recipe. Take heaping helpings of the following:
- The Ozark Mountains
- A gallon or two of Irish Whiskey
- Two Pina Coladas
- Cowboy poetry
- The devil in boots and a denim skirt
If you havent heard of them, youre missing out. This Canadian band is more fun to watch than Richard Simmons sweating to the oldies and more energetic. Who says exercise cant be fun? From beginning to end, you cant help but dance. No matter how drunk you get. Trevor Rogers, lead singer and guitarist can sing like a choir boy and smile like a thief. He and bass player Chris Jonat muse about their travels in the prose and humor of the finest cowboy poetry this side of the Mississippi. Andrea Lewis, the only woman in the group, plays the fiddle well enough to put both the devil and Johnny to shame. I wouldnt be surprised if The Charlie Daniels Band had to rework the song so she took not only the golden fiddle, but Johnnys and the Devils souls both. Drummer Tyler Tompson and banjo picker Devon Wells are new to the band. You might think it would be difficult coming into a group thats well established but these two fit seamlessly. Tompson has an uncanny ability to come up with uniquely improvised drum beats that give a nice percussion and anchor to the songs. Wells can play some of the strangest, catchiest and most difficult banjo riffs around. Both are quiet on stageat least verbally. The support they provide to the whole speaks for itself. With everyones unique talents, this band melds as beautifully together as Granny Clampetts possum stew. Strange name, but something that warms you nicely and sends your toes a tappin til the wee hours. And unlike possum, the Lovers wont have you clutching a bottle of Pepto after you hear them. One last word of caution: Make sure you visit your cardiologist and bring some throat spray. The spray for the sore throat you're sure to develop from all the Yee-hawing youll be doing and the doctor visit to make sure you wont drop of a heart attack from four or more hours of dancing.