A bunch of relative youngsters compared to the greats from which they take their name the Slow Rollin’ Lows show no immaturity on their sophomore release Erie Street. Their name is from a song straight out of the fountainhead years of Red Dirt Music, penned by Billy Joe Shaver and belted out by Waylon Jennings on Honky Tonk Heroes and they do right by greats they invoke by choosing the name. Formed in the sweltering summer of 2006 when Calvin “Pug” Johnson got together with drummer Jeremy Porter and Jordan Dean on bass. While only a three piece band these boys hit hard and don’t apologize. I have heard tell that the sophomore album is one of the hardest for a band since you have to combine your live shows with whatever first album you released and still manage to please your fans and while I can’t say I have seen SRL play live, something I plan to remedy, this album doesn’t feel like a second release. The tunes are polished, the lyrics flow, and the band is tight. Top that off with clean production and you have one of the best albums to come out of the scene this year.
SRL pulls off the outlaw sound without it feeling ripped off. In fact I think you drop the boys from Fannett, Texas right into the heydays of the outlaw country scene and no-one would think twice about them being there. With nods to Jackson Taylor in the lyrics (Hippies, Drunks and Rednecks), obvious hat tips to some of the greats in their musical stylings (Green Eyed Girl) and songs that inspire the sort of drinking that leads to organ failure (Sad Country Song) this is, hands down, an album that’s going on my top ten for the year. Some college bands I have heard don’t have the maturity to pull off a career in music. They get together and put out an album or two, if that, and then disappear as the members graduate and get real jobs. SRL are all audio engineering majors at Lamar State College but I think their music will take them farther than their degrees. They avoid the usual college country party sound and instead opt for songs that display an understanding of life’s ups and downs. I could write a blurb, at the very least, about every song on this release and that’s the best thing about it. There’s not one track that is worth skipping. Hell it’s hard to pick just three for this review but luckily for you the album is easy to acquire over at their website. I want to go on a lot more about this album but that could be due to a lack of sleep or a lack of whiskey and me wanting to kill time until I can one or the other so I’ll wrap it up and let you decide for yourself about Slow Rollin’ Lows.