Jenny Don't And The Spurs-Fire On The Ridge.
Released October 2021 on Fluff and Gravy records Reviewed July 2023
This four piece band, Jenny, Kelly, Sam and Christopher are described as “Western Cowpunks based in Portland, Oregon” A description, which gives a clear indication of the music you get on this album.
Review: Track by track Fire On The Ridge – Jenny can sing in a slightly haunting fashion as evidenced in the first few bars of this song. However, after those open bars the rest of the band kick in with a full throttle country number that really moves and features some great guitar work.
California Cowboy – The pace eases for this more standard type of country song. Jenny’s voice is as clear as a bell. The guitar playing and the break is excellent again.
Be The Only One – Another up tempo number. A good country rocker Blistering guitar work gives the track real energy.
Restless Moon – A bit of a rockabilly vibe with this track. Excellent finger picking guitar playing with some steel guitar in there too.
Foolish Lies – A cracking classic style country track. The band work so well together backing Jenny’s beautiful vocals.
Train Ticket – I guess this is what they mean by “cowpunk”! Full throttle like the first track, a relentless rocker.
Friday Night – this slower, bluesy ballad gives you time to catch your breath and enjoy the lovely voice of Jenny.
She's Not The One – Another rockabilly track that really moves a fast bopper that takes no prisoners! My favourite track on the album.
Johnny Vagabond – Jenny's haunting vocal style come to the fore again for this mid paced country tune. There’s something about this that reminds me of Joe Meek’s production style.
Trouble On My Mind – I can imagine the mosh pit going wild to this rocker. Another example of the talent of the band's guitar players.
Queen Of The Desert – I certainly would not argue if Jenny called herself as “Queen Of The Desert”. The final track is another good country track in a style reminiscent of the 60s
Summary: There is an awful lot to like about this album, Jenny’s voice, the guitar playing, the variety of the songs and excellent production. If you like variety in your country music then this is for you.
Reviewed by Jailhouse John Alexander, July 2023