Ridin’ it out on Highway 17…watch for the curves they can be real mean…
by Walter Price
My mind sometimes finds suspicion in honky tonk music coming out of New York City. Certainly unfair for sure. and then all of a sudden there’s Brooklyn’s Skunkmello.
There is a blues-esque element in their music, as there bio suggests, but what is more prevalent in the outfit’s sounds is an obvious alt-country with a hushed rockabilly coolness you’d find all over Dallas and Austin in the late part of the 1900’s. I find absolute comfort in this sound.
For example, check out the track “Highway 17” from their forthcoming album Hot Chicken due June 10th. The earnest slow draw soul of the track stays inline with what one would drool over if this modern-nostalgic sound was their thing, and it’s mine in droves. And do I think these players are true to the sub-genre, I do. Add in the fact I couldn’t resist poppin’ a top in mid-afternoon and the circle is complete.
So; if you dig your music someplace between Old 97’s, Junior Brown or even a little softer side of The Rev Horton Heat then you’ll find comfort in Skunkmello.