MAMA RAISED A GOOD BOY
Rik Reese & Neon Highway
Rik Reese is something of a country music throwback, and that is a good thing.
When I first listened to Mama Raised a Good Boy I was thinking how much of the music would have fit nicely on a country CD from around the time of Dukes of Hazzard, the TV show, not the junky movie. The CD’s title cut would be a good alternate theme song for that good ole series.
Certainly Long White Line would have fit in on the soundtrack of a show such as Movin’ On from the mid-1970s.
There was more of a true country soul to country music back then, and Reese and his band generally manage to recapture that spirit.
There is certainly an element of Waylon in Rik Reese, and I would be amazed if the good old country boy isn’t one of this Maritimer’s influences. Yes I did say Maritimes, the band comes out of New Brunswick, proving country comes from a state-of-mind, not a postal code.
There isn’t much here not to like. Reese can sing, and the music is a nice mix. There are the upbeat fun cuts; Ain’t Lookin’ For Me and Headin’ Down to Memphis, which you want to turn up the volume on as you cruise the highway.
They can also slow it down. Old Black Train is the best cut on the disk.
All For Me slows things down as well, and really has the Waylon going on.
Just My Luck is a definite radio hit cut too.
A very good country disk, well worth searching out.
Check the disk out at www.neonhighwayband.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov. 11, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada