Cabin Dogs

Electric Cabin

by Jason MacNeil

27 September 2006

 

Think of a contemporary look at groups like The Band and you get the idea as to what Cabin Dogs are all about. Country and rock rolled into one, and delivered with sincerity and honesty that is refreshing is what makes songs such as “Together Again” flow terribly well. Hell, even the album was co-produced by Aaron “Professor Louie” Hurwitz who worked with The Band and the late Rick Danko. “Settle Down” is a mellower effort but still has a great roots-y, earthy vibe to it all the same. The brothers Kwait nail this genre perfectly with a gorgeous, downbeat and Neil Young-ish “Phoenicia” that takes its good old time to end. Fans of Blue Rodeo, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Wilco, The Jayhawks or any other band worth their salt would love a track like “New Beginning”. But not all is excellent as a jam band-meets-funk “Froggy” stumbles along for nearly 10 minutes. Fortunately they redeem themselves with “Cheyenne” that has a great mountain or Appalachian music hue to it in the vein of Gillian Welch. And “Hobo” and a cover of Young’s “One of These Days” ends things on a high note.

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