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Hell's Half Acre

Under A Whiskey Moon – 2004 (Self-released)

Reviewed by Brian Steinberg

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Hell's 1/2 Acre, of Louisville, Ky., returns for the first album since their 2003 debut, "Blacktops and Blackouts." Solid roots-rock seems to be the order of the day, with tasty guitar work as well as crisp drum work from Glen Howerton.

Vocalist John Woolsey channels growly Southern honey-n-grits vocals tapped by bands ranging from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to the V-Roys to Six String Drag. Just when you think you can put a label on the band, they move from an alt.-country workout like "Silver Dollar" to a tune with Britpop echoes, such as "Kindness of Strangers." There may be more hear than initially meets the ear.