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Billy and Liza

It's About Time – 2001 (Sci-Fidelity)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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The focus of this collaboration between Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident) and Liza Oxnard (from a now defunct rock band called Zuba) is much more on folk/pop than it is country.

Billy supplies the only true country song on the disc with "Barstool," an effective tale of a man who makes an ill advised drunken phone call to an estranged lady friend, which features some nice dobro work from Sally Van Meter.

The opening track "Ten Miles to Tulsa," a tribute to Woody Guthrie, also has a bit of a country feel to it, and well as the closing track "Down a River." For the most part the album is dominated by the vocals of Liza, who has much more in common with Tori Amos or Jewel than Dolly or Loretta.

The tunes here are all pleasant, the vocals and musicianship are good, though hard core country fans may be left wishing for a few more tunes like "Barstool." (2405 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304)