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Mayeux & Broussard

High Times & Good Rhymes – 2015 ( Self-released)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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The second release from Austin-based Mayeux and Broussard is a mix of traditional country, bluegrass and swamp rock. The influence of Waylon Jennings is apparent on the opening track "Stoned and Broke Down" in which the singer remains upbeat in the midst of misfortune ("I'm running just fine/On these two legs of mine") while "Can't Fall Off the Floor" is a country weeper that attempts to find the virtue in being falling down drunk ("Well, I'm all the way down and can't fall no more").

The mellow "High Times" and the bluesy "Back at Home" are reminiscent of Gram Parsons, while the bluegrass influence is displayed on the up-tempo "A Long Time Since You." The lone cover is the traditional "Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms," delivered in an arrangement similar to Leon Russell's (aka Hank Wilson) 1973 version but with a somewhat harder edge.

Two of the strongest tracks recall Creedence Clearwater Revival. The gloomy "One Way to Heaven" ("Lord I know I ain't living too well/A life more dirty than a rusty nail") has touches of "Susie Q" and "Green River," while the closing "Bandera Baby" borrows not only the guitar riff from "Run Through the Jungle," but concludes with a similar psychedelic cacophony.

Frontmen Tate Mayeux and Brian Broussard share writing credits on the nine originals as well as vocal and guitar work, with Broussard contributing excellent lead guitar licks. They are well supported throughout by Misha Ben-David (bass), Zach Moulton (pedal steel guitar), Bennett Brown (fiddle), Ben Hodges (mandolin), Joe Sundell (banjo) and Taylor Englert (drums). Produced by Mayeux and Broussard with John Ross Silva (recording engineer/mixer), this is an entertaining effort.