Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Rockingbirds: Till Something Better Comes Along

Two years ago I chose Restless, a track by the 1990s British country rock band The Rockingbirds, as a Sunday music video.

The good news is that they have just released a new CD. No Depression writes about it and the band:
For the uninitiated, and that will be the majority of people, this is the Rockingbirds third album, with the previous one being released in 1995 and, mercifully, absolutely nothing has changed with the passing of time. 
In the early 1990’s, the music industry - and especially British music - was in the doldrums. A small number of hardy individuals, and I count myself in that number, discovered a handful of bands in America who were playing Country-Rock but with a Punk attitude. 
Only a handful of these British brave foot soldiers stopped shaving and donned their Stetsons and formed bands; but those who did have gone down in history and are still hailed as genuine legends. 
The Rockingbirds stood head and shoulders above everyone else on the minuscule scene with their authentic, heartfelt songs and musicianship. But, their flame only shone for a couple of years with a couple of sightings in 2008 and '09 to support the re-release of their debut album. 
With this history lesson now in place, news of this brand new album was initially greeted with skepticism by the Alt-Country cognoscenti, but here it is in all its glory. 
I truly wish I could tell you I dropped the needle into the groove but, with the merest hint of trepidation, I pressed ‘play’ and the most glorious sound came out of my speakers.

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