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Trailer Choir

Trailer Choir EP – 2008 (ShowDog Nashville)

Reviewed by Robert Loy

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It's hard to get noticed in Nashville these days. How do you make yourself stand out from the pack of wannabes? Well, a pretty girl always works. An obese break-dancer ought to turn a few heads - not to mention stomachs. Throw in a handsome but scruffy dude in a coat and tie and (untucked) shirt, and you've got yourself a trio. And it worked for Trailer Choir. They caught Toby Keith's eye anyway. He signed them to his label, produced this EP and included one of their songs in his movie "Beer For My Horses."

But that doesn't mean they're country, does it? (After all, Toby also included two songs from Ted Nugent in the "Beer" soundtrack.) And truth be told, Trailer Choir is more rock (and on Off the Hillbilly Hook more rap) than country. That said, it's hard not to like them. There are four songs on this EP, Off the Hillbilly Hook; Rockin' the Beer Gut; Rollin' Through the Sunshine and In My Next Five Beers, and they are about country boys and girls getting down on the farm, chasing chubby chicks, having a good time in the great outdoors and ditching a five-year plan for a five-beer plan respectively.

It's all about as deep as a kiddie pool, but, if you can turn your brain off, a lot of fun nevertheless. They do have a sense of humor, which is as welcome as it is rare these days. It will be interesting to see what they can do on a full-length CD where not every song is not a superficial crowd pleaser.