5 new Las Vegas music releases you need to hear

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 04:11:48 AM. The Reeves Brothers’ vintage-sounding “King of Country” leads our latest round-up of new Vegas music releases you need to hear.
Honky-tonk heaven or hardcore hell? You don’t have to choose: Both can be found in the latest roundup of Vegas releases you need to check out: The Reeves Brothers, “King of Country Music” For fans of: The Johnnie Walker Blue Label of country: smooth, impeccably crafted. The lowdown: “I still like waltzes and Western swing / I love to hear twin fiddles ring / Bob Wills play and Tommy sing … ” That’s the opening line to “King of Country Music,” whose title betrays no honky-tonk hyperbole, and it neatly encapsulates the timeless sound that is the hemoglobin in Cole and Matt Reeves’ rich musical bloodlines: Their father, Jack Reeves, was a renowned country artist in ’70s California. You don’t need to be told they’ve been singing country standards and playing guitar since they learned how to walk: It’s palpable here in the lonely ache of “Honky-Tonks and Cheap Motels,” the two-step boogie of “Damn You Whiskey,” the fleet-fingered lap steel of “Riverboat Gambler.” Turn this one up and drown out the tired debate about what is and what isn’t country with the sound of boots scuffling on the dance floor. Song you need to hear: “Mama You Raised a Ramblin’ Man,” a sweet-voiced ode to a mother’s love that rides the breeze like these boys do the open road. Indigo Kidd, “Sad Daze in Happy Valley” For fans of: Earnest, emotive indie rock that lays it all on the line. The lowdown: It’s a question he spends an album, a lifetime answering. “How am I supposed to feel?” Eli Curtsinger wonders on...Read more
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