THE Lazy Cowgirls I'm Going Out And Get Hurt Tonight (Reservation) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Undeterred by the dearth of media attention, the Lazy Cowgirls continue to progress beyond the boisterous three-chord rock 'n' roll that Pat Todd and cohorts mastered some 17 years back, moving deeper into honky-tonk blues and cinematic western twang. That suits Todd's raspy, blue-collar holler just fine, and he contributes some of the most potent songs of his career. With I'm Going Out And Get Hurt Tonight, the Lazy Cowgirls have wrestled the mantle of "thinking person's beer-friendly country rockers" from the poor lost Bottle Rockets once and for all. I'll drink to that.