ALBUM REVIEW: The Whiskey Gentry, ‘Holly Grove’

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Holly Grove,’’ the sophomore release from Atlanta band the Whiskey Gentry, is the sort of record that only comes along every once in awhile. It grabs you by the scruff and forces you to take notice, and it does so from the first note of the first song, “I Ain’t Nothing,” a righteous blast of unalloyed honky-tonk music. There’s more of that, courtesy of a captivating reworking of a hippie country-rock classic, the New Riders of the Purple Sage’s “Lonesome LA Cowboy,” and a take-no-prisoners shuffle, “Dixie,” that fairly channels early Dwight Yoakam. And there’s a whole lot more besides: bluegrass, acoustic, and dexterous at one moment (“Oh Me”), then jacked-up and electrified (“Colly Davis”); full-throttle cowpunk (“One Night in New York,” a song deliciously reminiscent of cowpunk legends Lone Justice); and careening, punky Celtic (“Brander’s Reel“).

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