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Mudgrass

Songs:
1) This Ain't Love
2) If Jesus Was Whiskey
3) Road Song
4) No Estoy Correcto (Ahorita)
5) I Ain't Right
6) Don't Think I Love You Anymore
7) Burrito
8) Memphis at Midnight
9) Ride That Train
10) All Night Wasted
11) This Town
12) Quarter in the Jukebox
13) Push Back the End
14) Liar

Shoestring Strap's second album, Mudgrass, isn't a departure in style from their first CD, Finest Qualities, but it is better. On Finest Qualities, the band seemed almost timid in their playing. Professional, but a little unsure of their work. Mudgrass finds Shoestring Strap comfortable in their boots and settled into their weird melded country style.

Again, they've brought in the happiest, drinkingest, loneliest mix of blues, bluegrass, and country with fuzzy, growling, electric guitars in conversation with the mandolin and a banjo playing back and forth with the lap steel. The combinations would get them fired from any strict bluegrass festival, and they might be booed off the stage in a honky-tonky bar, but it works for them and their fans. The title of their album is the name of their brand of music: mudgrass.

Someone else thinks they're good, too. The song "If Jesus Was Whiskey" was selected to be on the soundtrack of Circus of Life, an independent film starring William Shatner and Casey Kasem.

--- Hometown CD Review 5-31-07

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