Album Review: The Sweetwater Hillbillies - On the Road (8/10)

On-the-Road-Album-Cover-TurquoisThis funky, playful and rambunctious all-star group of songwriters and first-call sidemen (guitarist Travis Wammack, fiddler Donny Carpenter, pianist S.E. Willis and singer/ multi-instrumentalist Shane Rollo) pay sweet homage to a wide swath of indigenous music—from swampy Depression era folk and bluegrass to Western Swing, Memphis R&B and Southern Rock. Cooking up a special multi-generational brew with infectious wit and whimsy, they roar about everything from “Backwater Slap Jar Soul Sauce” to rattlesnakes, motorcycles and Mountain Dew.
– Jonathan Widran