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Honky Tonk Confidential

Your Trailer Or Mine? – 2002 (Too Many Dogs)

Reviewed by Joel Bernstein

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Their first album established Washington D.C.'s Honky Tonk Confidential as one of the best hard-country bands around, and this second disc is even better. It contains 16 originals (written by the band's members and/or friends) in a variety of styles, with an emphasis is on honky-tonk country. The group's sound is built around the alternating vocals of Diana Quinn, Mike Woods and Geff King, and the contrast between their voices is very effective.

This is a group that emphasizes humor. There are maybe a few too many novelty songs for a band this talented (although a bluegrass song about Pee Wee Herman is hard to resist), but more of the humor comes in the tongue-in-cheek style of classic country music. The many high points include Quinn's "I Don't Believe In Angels" (the most serious song here), King's "Daddy's In A Honky Tonk Downtown," "That Depends (On What You Mean By Lonesome)" and "Check-Out Time," and "It Still Hurts," which was written by New Yorkers Elena Skye and Buddy Woodward. This album will get you higher than a six-pack of beer. (1203 East Capitol St. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003-1440)