The Serenaders - Don't Ever Tell Her No
After meeting Emmylou Harris last week, it's definitely good timing that I came across
The Serenaders' Don't Ever Tell Her No EP. Dropping this EP conveniently on Valentine's Day, you can picture the listener putting on some dusty boots paired with Levis and a worn-in cowboy hat, and line dancing to the country, bluegrass, "modern rockabilly" and a pinch of 90's alt rock found on this record. Opening the EP with a track you might hear at the Grand Ole Opry, the Serenaders whittle their own little niche in an oversaturated country market, injecting their own brand of humorous, lighthearted songwriting into the stew. Highlighting the fun and pain in the dating process, sure there are songs about falling in love (Darlin It's You which features a great guitar solo towards the end), out of love (Thru Lovin' You and "How Come") and the noncommittal fun afterwards (Don't Tell Her No which outlines an amusing encounter at a bar).
With lines like "you're my favorite hitchhiker but I'm not goin your way", the lyrics are slick and clever enough to get stuck in your head after a few times through, avoiding the
overdramatic potholes along the two-lane country pop highway which lead many wayward down cliché detours . The five song EP covers a lot of finger snapping territory and is best described as if Third Eye Blind and Duncan Sheik headed to Nashville, soaking up the city's many influences, straddling genres comfortably. I suspect true rockabilly fans will "roll with" the Serenaders for many years to come.
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