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article imageReview: The Last Hombres back with new album 'Odd Fellows Rest' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 1, 2014 in Music
Roots and rock group, The Last Hombres, released their brand new album "Odd Fellows Rest" on June 24, which is worth more than just a passing glance.
For a point in time, the late Grammy-winning music legend Levon Helm was a part of their band as a drummer.
It opens with the haunting "The Wreckage," "Whisper," which has a laid-back vibe to it, and the sultry "Dreams," all of which are collaborations with the New Orleans band, Hot 8 Brass Band.
"Mae West" is more upbeat and it has a retros 70s rock feel to it and a catchy melody and a neat groove with their contradictory lyrics. "When you're good, you ain't so good, when you're bad, you're better," they sing. "When you're high, you're low, when you're fast, you're slow."
While "Unforgiven Man" may be slow-moving and mediocre, they bounce back with the upbeat "Gone Directly," that is reminiscent of a classic Monkees tune. Equally remarkable is "Jenny Jones," which is another favorite of mine.
"Sin of Pride" has a classic country feel where the listener can easily recall Johnny Cash meets Willie Nelson.
The album closes with "Streetlights," which is a collaboration with the Hot 8 Brass Band yet again.
The band is made up of Russ Seeger on vocals, guitar and violin, Michael Meehan on bass and vocals, Paul Schmitz on guitars and vocals, drummer Tom Ryan, and Chris James on keys and pedal steel guitar.
The Verdict
Overall, "Odd Fellows Rest" is a strong release that is quite different than everything that is heard on contemporary radio airwaves. Their harmonies are top-notch and pleasant. It is recommended for any fans of roots, Americana, country or folk music, especially since their music encompasses so many different genres in one. It is safe to say that somewhere in heaven, Levon Helm is smiling down on this group for their latest studio effort. Their new CD garners 4 out of 5 stars.
For more information on The Last Hombres and their new music, visit their website.
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