If you like real, old fashioned cowboy music, complete with yodelling and whining steel guitar, then check out Petunia and the Vipers’ new self titled CD. You can almost hear the gentle breeze, the crackling campfire and soft neighing of the horses as the lonely cowboy strums his battered acoustic guitar underneath the stars right from the first track “The Cricket Song.”
Yet it is more than that a the CD ranges from Western swing to a touch of rockabilly mixed with a lot off classic Roy Rogers era country.
They branch out a little on the second track and take a trip into the land of the weird on “Mercy,” which is reminiscent of and on through “ Maybe Baby Amy.” which is more up tempo rockabilly.
On the other hand “Bright Light,” has a jazz influence. There is a lot of jazz influence on several songs including “Stardust.”
“Yes Baby Yes,” is a full on western swing number that is very enjoyable.
Thanks, to what sounds like a theramin coupled with eerie echoing vocals, “Broken Down Love,” is just downright sinister.
Petunia goes south of the birder on “Che ( Guevara‘s Diary)” with a Latin horn section and tropical rhythms.
They end on another upbeat, Western swing tinged number “It Aint.” which has a touch of mariachi influence.
CD: Petunia and the Vipers
Artist: Petunia and the Vipers
Genre: country/ western Swing