Here they are drunk again, but this time around, The Backsliders soundless happy about it. After all, before this could be finished, lead singer Chip Robinson ended up a lone Backslider (he's since recruited new 'sliders).
Sure, there were sad songs on "Throwin' Rocks at the Moon," but the sound of the album was pure Buck Owens hip-shaking (different from ass-wigglin') honky tonk. The Eric Ambel-produced follow-up finds The Backsliders being a little less country, but the edgier/darker sound is by no means less rural. Songs like "It Rained on Monday" and "Two Candles" (about a man who won't do what he "oughter") are tender and raw Stax Records/Muscle Shoals slowgrooves, complete with a Hammond B-3 and Robinson sounding like EddieHinton, with less gruff and more twang. And there are still some verytwangy songs on this one like the Robinson/Steve Howell gem "The LonelyOne" and the lovely ode to slipping around, "Cross Your Heart." "Southern Lines" leaves the new Backsliders with something to live up to.