Rockingham is more than a country album; this is blue-collar singer-songwriter music.
This is rock n roll as if it had evolved in the hollers of West Virginia.
This is a solid blues-based rock n roll album that has flares of funky disco, big band rock with horns and pianos, punk rock lite, and stripped down coffee house music.
It is an album with an unobtrusive sound that is a perfect companion soundtrack to some relaxing time spent on your couch.
The music on this record is so country that it almost sounds like a caricature of what country music should be.
This record is generic-sounding, female-led, modern alternative that belongs on the soundtrack of a Wes Anderson movie……so long as you place the song titles symmetrically on the back cover.
This record is an excellent example of Judy Garland’s superhuman skills. She sings with a soft power and draws you in with the wisp in her voice before she blows you away.
The sounds on this record are pure, wholesome country music from a time before the pop bastardization that happened in the 80s and today.
Hearing a Chicago blues song in the style of southern rock sounds like something you would hear on Jimmy Fallon, but it totally works.
It is full of heartbreak songs written from the point of view of men who have been beaten by life.
Portions of 29 also give me the vibe that I am in some professional office and waiting patiently in a chair while a secretary types away and an intern is filing papers.
It is three songs of typical, fun-loving, country-inspired rockabilly. This album sounds like old Reverend Horton Heat.
This is the Jerry Lee that is full of sorrow and walking the line between rock n roll and country.
Shoji is simply amazing. His fiddling prowess is akin to Bob Wills and Charlie Daniels.
If you are interested to hear part of the creative process that went into making the Grammy award-winning swan song of one of the most influential bands of the past 30 years, then you should seek this record out.