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Thursday, August 7, 2008

CD Review: The Bucket Boys - Sunset Bar EP

The Bucket Boys - Sunset Bar EP
2007, Bogeyman Music

The Bucket Boys are the Kings of European Americana. They’ve been rocking since 1995, and “if ain’t broke don’t fix it”, right? Right? In 2006 The Bucket Boys started stripping their sound down to the roots, playing acoustic sets amidst their electric ones. The results were an absolute delight, and documented on 2007’s Sunset Bar, a 6 track EP.

Sunset Bar is a raw, stripped-down performance from The Bucket Boys. Consequently it may be one of their most musically satisfying recordings. All pretense is stripped away here and all that is left is wonderfully played music. All six tracks are first class material from the opening track Killer to the closing River. Highlights include Highnoon, Biff and Road To Perdition. The latter is my favorite song on Sunset Bar, and perhaps my favorite of all of The Bucket Boys tunes I've heard.

Sunset Bar is the sort of rare recording where a band gets back to roots of their music. It is informative as the energy and love of music that pervades the band shines through every note and beat. Its great roots rock and roll and a must have for any collection. The Bucket Boys songwriting and performance talents place them in rare air in the rock world. Sunset Bar is a classic.

Rating: 5 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about the Bucket Boys at, where you can purchase a copy of Sunset Bar and any of their other fine recordings.

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