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The V-Roys

Are You Through Yet? – 1999 (Self-released)

Reviewed by Andy Turner

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The V-Roys came and went way too quickly. But fans can find some relief in this live album recorded last summer at the Down Home club in Johnson City, Tenn.

The set list largely comes from the band's last studio album, "All About Town." The rest is made up of songs from the band's only other album, "Just Add Ice" and well-done covers of The Replacements ("IOU"), Bap Kennedy ("I Want My Money"), Loudon Wainwright III ("Out of This World"), Neil Young ("Motion Pictures") and The La's ("There She Goes"). This doesn't stray too far from the twangy power-pop The V-Roys perfected on their albums, two- to three-minute gems full of guitar-driven glory that thrills on country and pop while doing its best to rock. The sound quality is fine, the crowd noise is minimal, and with 17 tracks, you get your money's worth

V-Roys singer and guitarist Mic Harrison's new release is actually just new to CD. Recorded in 1993 before Harrison was a Roy, "Don't Bail" was previously available only on cassette.

Ex-V-Roys Scott Miller and Jeff Bills join him on the album, which has much of the same catchy-ness/quirkiness/twangy-ness of his former band. Harrison mostly sings about the things young guys with guitars often sing about: small towns, broken hearts, getting drunk because you live in a small town and your heart is broken, etc. Nevertheless, his songs - funny and with plenty of heart - are undeniably appealing. (www.vroys.com, www.lynnpoint.com)