On his sophomore effort there is a new approach thanks to the adventurous production of Dwight Yoakum guitarist and singer-songwriter, Brian Whelan. As producer, Whelan fills Parish Lines with an exciting raw edge that rocks as it drives the songs home. If My Family Name signaled the arrival of a young artist rooted in country, Parish Lines finds him breaking out into a driving, uncompromising rock sound while his heart remains solidly South Louisiana country in lryics and sensibility. The reinvention of "South Louisian" and his single, "Mad Talkin' Man," cuts closer to the bone than the previous versions. What remains are new original songs that extend his Louisiana storytelling craft. The Buddy Holly like, "Cushing Avenue" conveys the simple innocence of home town memories. The Springsteen/Terrance Malick inspired, "Duck Festival Queen." expertly tells the tale of love and murder while and "Curve Lounge," replace the steel guitar with resonate, lonesome slide guitars and a spare simple arrangement. The hard rocking "Wanna Go For A Ride" plays like Jeff Beck and Duane Eddy meet Elvis. It's like a session summit of great rockabilly and blues on some obscure night in the early 50's Sun Studios in Memphis with Sam Phillips peering out from the control booth with an approving Cheshire grin.
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