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Published: 2004/03/30
by Matt Brockett

Halos and Good Buys – Blue Dogs

Black River Records

Despite what their publicist claims on the album’s press release, the 10
second guitar solo on "Wrong Love at the Right Time" doesn’t exactly qualify
as "the spicy addition of jam band rock." With their poppy hooks and
undeniable Nashville twang, Blue Dogs would probably have the most luck at
winning fans among the Alison Krauss or Nickel Creek crowds as opposed to
jamband scene.

They sound like a band you would expect to see playing a concert in the
background of a scene on Dawson’s Creek or any other hokey teen drama. It is
wonderfully inoffensive American music, a genre that, up until a few months
ago, MTV and many commercial radio stations would have liked you to believe
didn’t even exist. But within the context of the current war on indecency in
the media (thanks a lot Janet and Justin), the entertainment industry may be
in a better position than ever before to bring a band like the Blue Dogs to
the ears of the mainstream public.

While the Blue Dogs don’t seem to have much of a place within the jamband
world, there is no denying that their solid songwriting and catchy tunes are
a great formula for success. Every single song on Halos and Good Buys
has the potential to be a radio hit in the world of contemporary country and
maybe even on the fringes of modern pop rock.

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