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Rob McNurlin

 

Rob McNurlin Ranch Party

 

Buffalo Skinner Recordings

 

****1/2

 

An awesome sound by a band oozing quality.

 

With Rob McNurlin and his Beatnik Cowboys performing music like this which Music Row does not like to release on their own record labels, it is with great pleasure that despite this ignorance Rob is continuing to release music which is better than any Taylor Swift or Lady Antebellum record.

 

Dressed in their finest, this sleekly made DVD consists of three thirty minute episodes which are taken from Rob’s Saturday television show that broadcasts on WSAZ’s “MY-Z TV” in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. And what great programmes they are! If only one of the UK’s main television channels could purchase a few episodes then maybe country music could be taken more seriously here in Britain.

 

Filmed at the majestic looking “Country Music Heritage Hall” in Ashland, Kentucky, Rob’s band consists of JT Cure on bass, Kayton Roberts on steel guitar and Kenny Vaughan on lead guitar with Rob playing Acoustic guitar. They are joined in each episode by a special guest which includes Larry Cordle, Jorma Kaukonen and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. To say Rob doesn’t pick some great artists to appear alongside him and his band would be a downright lie.

 

Performing a variety of songs that could never be described as lacklustre, the three episodes really hit the spot. To see pedal steel played the way it is by Kayton is something to marvel at, as is the lead guitar and the old-timey sound which is produced by Rob and his merry men.

 

It isn’t just these four very talented individuals who play, but there are segments used where we cut to the “porch” and we are treated to several performances by Bobby Taylor on fiddle, Kim Johnson on banjo and two others on double bass and guitar where some impressive performances are present before your very eyes. This is hoe-down music at its very best and long may they continue to do so. 

 

As this is American television, local advertisements appear sporadically and these seem from another world to us here in the UK. Some of the adverts which appear include a Nursing Service, a Cowboy Clothes Company, a ranch and a brewery. When you consider the glossy, Superbowl-type ads you normally see coming from the former colony it is refreshing that not everything is like this and there are businesses out there producing adverts which are original and great to watch.

 

I do hope that this television show continues to broadcast material like this. Here’s hoping that further episodes are in the pipeline for Rob McNurlin and his Beatnik Cowboys as programming like this should be seen and heard by as many people as possible. Russell Hill

 

www.robmcnurlin.com