So I've lamented many times about how what most of the unwitting music buying population in the U.S. calls "country music" is, in fact, not country music at all but just crappy pop rock with cowboy hats. We'll I'm hear to tell you that there are real country bands out there playing real country music...sometimes you just have to go to Australia to get it.
Melbourne'sWagons actually play more of a country/Americana/rock hybrid but it's closer to the real deal than someone like Kenny Chesney will ever give you. That much is for sure. As frontman Henry Wagons sings, "...sometimes I listen to Elvis, sometimes I listen to Cash, sometimes I listen to Waylon, but it all goes back to the one and only Willie Nelson..." (from their aptly titled track "Willie Nelson"). That for the most part, sums it up. Throw in some Tom Petty, a little Lynyrd Skynyrd, and a pinch of Uncle Tupelo and what you come up with is Wagons' most recent full length album Rumble, Shake And Tumble.
There are songs on this album, such as "Downlow" and "My Daydreams" that hearken directly back to the outlaw country movement of the 1970's. When these songs are blasting you could picture them opening for Waylon Jennings or David Allen Coe or Leon Russell. Other tracks though, such as "Love Is Burning" or "Follow The Leader", for example, have more of a rockabilly or straight rock feel to them. Really though, if their influences were fruits they would be picking them all from the same tree so to speak. Regardless of how you want to classify them or who you want to compare them to this band writes catchy as hell, country-twinged songs. This band and this album are highly recommended for fans of any of the aforementioned artists.