If I told you that I had a rock n roll album that you needed to hear and it opens with a song about a house cat, you might look at me askance and to be honest I wouldn’t blame you if you did, that’d be my reaction as well. If I told you the front man of this band chronicled his adventures on the road by taking pictures of bathrooms then you might even be able to guess that I’m talking about Jeremy Porter & The Tucos whose latest album, Above The Sweet Tea Line, is a damn solid piece of work that’ll be available to the unwashed masses on in a little over a week. Yes, the opening track really is about Jeremy’s boyhood cat, Josh, it’s damn good and the album only gets better from there.
You made a pretty good fake cowboy, grasping at your youth
Did your best to make more with less `till you finally faced the truth
But I wouldn’t want to walk a city block in your shitty cowboy boots – “Sounds Like Goodbye”
I was first introduced to these guys when I found out that they were opening for Those Crosstown Rivals (about whom you’ll find a track on this album, see if you can guess which one). I may have made a joking comment that they “aren’t bad for a bunch of Yankees”, one can never be sure about these things when whiskey is involved. Then there was a drunken version of “Bastards of Young” with Jeremy and myself on vocals with TCR providing the music. Long story short, this is one of the releases I was anticipating this year and it didn’t disappoint at all. Since I first heard them live, while I was drunk, this record really goes to show that even when whiskey is involved my taste in music is still impeccable.
You don’t got my name branded on your back
But the jig is up and the deck is stacked
C’mon, let’s get away – “Trouble In Paradise”
There is a definite sense that these kids take their music seriously but themselves, not so much and that’s part of what really makes this album great. I can’t help but tapping my foot along under my desk and have even found myself singing along, much to the chagrin of office-mate, who can kiss my ass if he doesn’t like it. There’s a really nice understated pop-feel here that makes these songs fun to listen to but they are also deep enough to give a man a little introspection at times and when you get right down to it, there’s really something for everyone on this one: rockers with guitar solos, slow burners with good harmonies, upbeat fun tracks, and tracks that would go well with a glass of whiskey on a lonely night, hell I’m pretty sure there’s a couple on here you could dance to if that’s your thing. I seriously can’t wait for these kids to come back through so I can drunkenly sing along with ’em. You should do yourself a favor and go pre-order Above The Sweet Tea Line so you can have it in your greedy little hands as soon as possible. While you do that I’ll put my headphones back on and listen to this one again…