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The Whiskey Gentry

Holly Grove

(self-released; US: 10 Sep 2013; UK: 10 Sep 2013)

No Identity Crisis For Whiskey Gentry

In his scathing report on the 1970 Kentucky Derby, Hunter S. Thompson described the “mask of the whiskey gentry—a pretentious mix of booze, failed dreams and a terminal identity crisis.” Taking their name from that phrase, the Whiskey Gentry are similar to their Derby-attending brethren only in the combination of booze and failed dreams. More than most bands, this group knows exactly who they are and has little if any pretensions to work around.


Not so far removed from 2011’s Please Make Welcome, Holly Grove finds them settling into a solid blend of bluegrass and honky-tonk. Highlights include the blistering “One Night in New York”, the murder/revenge ballad “Colly Davis”, and the affecting missing-child saga “Holly Grove”. The one big question mark is the hidden track at the end, a strange but effective cover of “A Whiter Shade of Pale”—but it’s the only suggestion of any identity crisis here.

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Taylor Coe currently works in academic publishing and spends most of his free time trolling the Internet for music and film reviews, along with digesting unhealthy amounts of television. He has an affinity for Townes Van Zandt and other like-minded Texan singer-songwriters, not to mention a borderline-worrisome obsession with the Scottish band Frightened Rabbit. In the ninth grade, his most-played song of all time may or may not have been "Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates. Years later, he finds this somewhat embarrassing - which is not unlike his feelings for lots of other things about ninth grade.


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