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Outlaws And Moonshine - 2017 Devil In The Moonshine

ARTIST: Outlaws And Moonshine
ALBUM: Devil In The Moonshine
LABEL: Nemesis Records/Vanity Music Group
YEAR: 2017
SPONSOR: Headfirst Entertainment


LINEUP: Beau Van - lead vocals * Travis K - steel guitar * Mike Back - lead guitar * Chris Van - bass * Eric Piper - drums

TRACK LISTING:01 The Devil In The Moonshine * 02 (Here Comes) Bobby * 03 Don't Be Scared * 04 Ride Or Die * 05 Boom * 06 Cootie Brown * 07 Whiskey * 08 Hey Y'all * 09 Redneck Me * 10 Different Kind Of Man


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This is a new band for me, even though they've been around for a few years. From Indianapolis (yes, not so sure that the Hoosier capital is the stomping ground for southern rock), these guys released the '1919' EP back in 2015. They certainly have this predeliction for all things prohibition, even if that was nearly a century ago, but there's something to be said about bad men, outlaws, los hombre malos and bad liquor! It must be a southern thing!

The Songs
The material on 'Devil In The Moonshine' is what we call '5+5'. That is: five songs from the aforementioned EP (tracks 6 through 10) plus five new songs (1 through 5). Let's have a listen. The album starts out with the title track 'The Devil In The Moonshine', with a hoe-down back-beat for good measure, and some acoustic guitar picking to round it out. '(Here Comes) Bobby' should be renamed 'The Ballad Of Bobby', which comes off like a tale of woe. Oh, there was mention of a whiskey bottle too, just to keep things on topic. 'Don't Be Scared' sounds more like a typical hard rocker, but when you hear lyrics like 'mason jars', 'country people', it's easy to guess what they're singing about. 'Ride or Die' retains the same tempo as the previous song, you'd think it was a twin, the fifth of the new songs 'Boom' sounds like another drinking song!

The next set of five are the ones from the '1919 EP'. I really like these ones more than the newer ones truth be told. There's a certain naivety about the songs and lyrics, which revolve around drinking jars of booze, whether it's bourbon or whiskey. 'Cootie Brown' and 'Whiskey' are the two tracks in particular, and once you've downed a few pots, you can scream your head off in the backyard away from the neighbours, a la 'Hey Y'all'. The last two tracks 'Redneck Me' and 'Different Kind Of Man' tone it down a bit, heading into southern rock/ballad territory.

In Summary
Despite the overtly southern rock sound and image, O&M certainly have a melodic side and a hard rock edge, if you strip it down to the bare components. The band have their PR managed through one of GDM's regular associates in Dave Tedder and Headfirst Entertainment. As mentioned in my 2017 Year End Wrap, I did say that I would pay more attention to southern rock bands, and I am a man of my word. More shakedown and boogie is on the way. Stay tuned.

Outlaws And Moonshine - 2017 Devil In The Moonshine

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