Bend an elbow with the Kensington Hillbillys Friday (September 16) when they launch their CD at the Cadillac Lounge. Rating: NNN
The notable presence of local twang scene ringers Burke Carroll, Chris Quinn, James Gray and Clive MacNutt on the Kensington Hillbillys' new Bones In The Backyard disc may lead some to wonder if Steve Ketchen and crew are straying from their freewheeling approach to roots country. They've gotten tighter, maybe, but not slicker. Signing up for string-bending duty with these Hillbillys seems to bring out the hayseed in everyone. On Bones In The Backyard -- piled high with solid originals -- the skilled support adds a little zip while maintaining the loose rockin' charm of their beer-parlour frolics. It'll go down well with whatever you're drinking.