Sunday, October 7, 2007

Review -- BLACK COFFEE COWBOYS -- Hot Like Fire

Black Coffee Cowboys
All right everyone get ready to be just plain BLOWN AWAY when you pop Hot Like Fire! in the CD player.
Well, at least I was blown away.
I wasn't exactly sure what to expect with the Black Coffee Cowboys; Deuce Frehley, Slick Patsy, Earl Garnet and Bobby Velvet. The CD cover shows the four in black jackets and old-fashioned ties, with hairstyles circa the 1950s.
But, there were also indications in a bit of pre-listening research that these guys were a country band.
The cool thing is that the Black Coffee Cowboys have managed to bring the music of the 1950s, think Buddy Holly, together with a hearty dash of country twang to create something pretty darn special.
This is not music that is deep on lyrics. You don't have to think here. This is fun music, with lyrics that are upbeat, a tad tongue-in-cheek, and just plainly put in a sweet musical romp.
I just love cuts such as Drinkin My Blues Away, Hot Like Fire, Hip Shakin Mama a sure hit had it been released in 1955 instead of being written 52 years later.
These guys would make a great cabaret band, especially one that had a 1950's retro-theme. Now there's an idea for Harvest Showdown *wink.
There are a fat 13 songs here, so it's a rollicking retro rockin' country good time that is unique enough in this day and age to be totally refreshing.
I can only tell you that I had listened to this CD three times from start to finish within six hours of its arrival. That hasn't happened in months of reviews.
This is not Nashville country. It might be if Nashville could look past it's navel, but that's another sad story, having nothing to do with the Black Coffee Cowboy's hot debut.
Just do yourself a favour, find this one and have a good time every time you give it a spin. Check them out at

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Sept. 29, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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