Friday, October 23, 2009

Review -- THE ROAD HAMMERS -- The Road Hammers II

THE ROAD HAMMERS II
The Road Hammers
Open Road Records
9-out-of-10
When Clayton Bellamy, Jason McCoy and Chris Byrne formed up as the Road Hammers, doing so under the scrutiny of a television camera leading to a show which caught a lot of attention, they started a phenomena.
The band’s first CD release recycled a bunch of trucking songs, pumping them up with a southern fried, rock, country sound which caught the attention of both radio and listeners.
These boys came out hot with slick production, and a killer sound which was infectious.
Now the trio is back with their sophomore effort.
In terms of bands, the second album is often the one which leaves listeners shaking their heads. It is pushed out quicker than first efforts, and often comes up short.
The good news is that while only on their second recording as the Road Hammers, Clayton Bellamy, Jason McCoy and Chris Byrne are all veterans of the Canadian music scene. There are no signs of the dreaded sophomore slump.
Road Hammers II hits you hard from the get go with the killer cut Homegrown, and just bubbles, cooks, boils, through the next 10 songs.
In fact in some respects this CD takes it up a notch, since this disk has more of a Road Hammers feel. That comes from the three members writing more of the material.
Homegrown, Gettin’ Screwed, Cowboy ’Til I Die, and No Time For Long Goodbyes, are among the songs the players have had a hand in writing. There is a resulting feel that this music is more the personality of The Road Hammers, than the first disk, and that disk was about as good as it gets in terms of country.
That said, The Road Hammers’ rendition of the classic Thank God I’m A Country Boy is a killer track.
The maturity and experience of Bellamy, McCoy, and Byrne shows on II, and proves rather quickly this was more than a gimmick band established for one truckin’ CD.
This is a definite must have country effort. Check them out at www.myspace.com/theroadhammers
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct. 21, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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