Posted by: will | June 10, 2006

Whiskey & Co…

Whiskey & Co. "Leaving The Nightlife" (No Idea)

The world would be a better place if more bands like Whiskey & Co. were dominating country radio instead of the crap that gets passed off as country nowadays. Whiskey & Co. play real, tough as nails alt-country with definite nods towards artists like Gram Parsons and Uncle Tupelo. The deep vocals of Kim Helms have such a richness to them that echoes back to some of country's great female vocalists like Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams. She also has a definite Natalie Merchant vibe at times as well. These eight songs run the gamut through the uneasiness of life in the South, drinking your troubles away and one too many lost loves. It's certainly nice to hear a woman's perspective on subjects that seem too often told from a man's narrow view. Leaving The Nightlife has a certain simplistic beauty to it that you won't find on country radio. It's short run time of 27 minutes allows the album to be played several times in a row with not a care in the world. Leaving The Nightlife is honest and heartfelt and frankly that's all you can really ask for from good country music.

RIYL: Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Natalie Merchant

Listen: Whiskey & Co. – Nightlife (mp3)

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