Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Blues for Country

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Blues for Country

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Nouveaux Honkies

Blues for Country

The Nouveaux Honkies

Husband-and-wife duo draw from their Gypsy life

Many bands write about the road. The Nouveaux Honkies live it. Year-round, husband and wife Tim O'Donnell and Rebecca Dawkins roll through America's southland in a renovated RV with a fully equipped recording studio. The couple's restless, rambling existence informs their third album, Blues for Country, in the braided stream of roots genres-country, blues, honky tonk, R&B and Texas swing-that runs through their music. Built on the chugging rhythms of O'Donnell's Guild guitar, the Nouveaux Honkies craft lived-in songs, which draw on the band's modern-day gypsy experience for subject matter.

Propelled by Dawkins' spinning-wheel fiddle and O'Donnell's swaying, swinging guitar, "Life Ain't Easy" laments the troubadour's tough road with playful, self-deprecating wit. …

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