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Josh Abbott Band

Tuesday NIght EP – 2014 (Atlantic)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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The Josh Abbott Band's major label debut is a five-tune EP with mixed results. The opening track "Where's the Party" is an effectively amusing country rocker that finds the singer seeking a good time ("Low standards, high thrills/Crinkled up dollar bills/Y'all pitch in for smokes and a keg of Bud Light"), while the title track similarly revels in simple pleasures ("Every once in a while you need something to make you feel alright/Sometimes it's just beer and tacos on a Tuesday night").

Perhaps the strongest track is the sentimental love ballad "Blush" ("It's such a lovely touch/You wear it well as if you can't tell/Every time I see you I get such a crush/When you blush"), showcasaing Preston Wait on fiddle. Conversely the moody "Hangin' Around" depicts a relationship of indifference ("No you don't have to worry if it's gonna last/There ain't gotta be any strings attached"). The one weak spot is the heavily clichéd, mid-tempo "She Don't Break" ("Think you can play her like an old guitar" and "She may bend but she don't break").

Abbott's pleasant vocals are nicely supported throughout by band mates Wait (fiddle, guitar), Austin Davis (banjo), James Hertless (bass), Caleb Keeter (guitar) and Edward Villanueva (drums). Despite the noted misstep this EP from the Lubbock, Texas-based band is a largely entertaining effort.