Cigar Star Indians (Landslide, 1996)
Cigar Store Indians
Reviewed by Jana Pendragon
Roots rock has suddenly taken off again. With bands like BR5-49 getting attention, the temperature is right for a roots rock revival. A C&W and rockabilly offspring, true roots rock incorporate all the higher quality of country, western and hillbilly music with a dnagerous rock and roll edge. This Atlanta outfit, while a little heavy on the rockabilly, still shows how strong the connection is betwen parent and child. "Pinstripe Suit" and "Hide and Seek" are especially good. On a more somber note, "Sacred Was the Night" is exquisite and substantial in a heart rending way, leading the listener to believe the band is capable of so much more than showing on their debut. Their obvious loyalty to basic rockabilly detracts. Too many cuts, while full of energy and a sense of fun, seem to mimic what has already beendone in that genre and do little to enhance what Jerry Lee, Elvis, Carl Perkins and Eddie Cochran gave birth to decades ago. Too many songs sound alike. For the most part, there is a lot to recommend. Hopefully, the band will take what they have learned and continue growing.