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Shine Your Light On Me

Hogan’s Fountain
SELF-RELEASED

While these local country bluesmen might have the swagger of a confident bar band, on record any kind of substance might still be far away. Wearing their influences on their sleeves with song titles like “Down to the River” (almost Neil Young) and “Shine Your Light on Me” (almost Stones), these guys pound out dirty Southern rock with few problems and few surprises. Opener “Lost Highway” is fun and inoffensive, easy to listen to but wholly unmemorable. “The Lonesome Ballad of Robert Zimmerman” feels like it should shoot for the stars, but never stretches far beyond its silly, overblown title. You like these guys and want them to succeed, but they really don’t communicate much other than a sense of who is tops in their record collections.