If you like straight up dancehall country that doesn’t take itself too seriously, then The Cornell Hurd Band’s A Bad Year For Love is an album you might enjoy. With decades of experience playing country music under their belts it’s a polished offering that hearkens back to a better time with better music.
Whether it’s tracks where the band obviously has their tongues firmly in their cheeks or more serious songs there’s not a song that’s hard to listen to on this album. Conversely there’s not a single stand out track in the lineup. A few of them might inspire one to fast waltz or maybe even western swing but, while polished, The Cornell Hurd Band sounds mostly like a house band. That could be because aside from touring around Austin they sort of are the house band for Jovita’s in South Austin.
While there’s not a track that really jumps out on this album it’s still a solid honky tonk/Texas dancehall sound throughout and a good listen. I could easily knock back some Lone Star with it playing in the background and maybe even sing along with a couple of tracks and if I were in Austin I would make a point to make it by somewhere they were playing even if only to see if I could find a little cowgirl to twirl around the floor for a dance or two.