Named for a classic Gram Parsons album, Tempe, Arizona’s Grievous Angels stomp through a tour-de-force of Bakersfield honky-tonk that would make Buck Owens and Merle Haggard proud. Miles on the Rail is a virtual non-stop toe-tapper, save for the lonesome sound of their take on Hank William’s classic “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” that rounds out the album. They display strong bluegrass roots on “No More Room in Hell” and “Dumb Love” and give Tom Waits’ “Cold Cold Ground” the Western Swing treatment. These guys are also consumate musicians, with Jon Rauhouse playing some of the meanest pedal steel guitar I’ve heard in ages—by the way, he plays banjo, mandolin, hawaiian guitar, and lap steel too.
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