Singer/guitarist Bill Hearne and pianist/singer Bonnie Hearne boast that their twangy, sunburnt tales of good love gone bad amount to the "best darn collection of driving songs you'll ever hear," which is probably true if you've ever popped a quarter in a Texas jukebox.
Many songs are familiar -- Butch Hancock's tear-stained She Never Spoke Spanish To Me, Guy Clark's L.A. Freeway, Buck Owens's King Of Fools. But the two Hearnes, through respectful rather than radical treatments, put their own stamp on every single one, turning the sadness level to max and gussying things up with tasteful mandolin, accordion and dobro. Honky tonk is at its best when the songwriters are at their worst. Skilled interpreters like the Hearnes add a powerful new dimension to the process. KH