Rachael Harrington & The Knock Outs 'Self-Titled' CRS

After her three rightly lauded albums The Bootlegger's Daughter, City Of Refuge and Celilo Falls Rachael Harrington is back with a band The Knock Outs in two and has made a sidestep with this honky-tonk album. It has it's beginnings in a Patsy Cline tribute gig and developed into this striking collection of songs written by Harrington alone or as a couple of co-writes. Like the songs My Darling Clementine's recent album these original songs would easily fit into the repertoire of feisty female artists like Loretta Lynn. The songs have roots in the Bakersfield sound, west coast country, rock 'n' roll and early Music City honky-tonk. The Knock Outs are Rebecca Young on bass, Alisa Milner on fifddle, guitarist Moe Provencher and drummer Aime Tubbs. They are joined by, amongst others, Tim Carroll on guitar and the necessary touches of Tommy Hannum's pedal steel. Mark Erelli adds his voice to the duet I'll Show You Mine while the Knock Outs add backing vocals throughout. Harrington delivers some powerhouse lead vocals that show character and emotion, never over sung her delivery is spot on making this a must have for lovers of that classic country sound, a sound that is fresh, alive and beating. One that could scare Country Radio right out of it's trainers. There's humour in songs like Hippie In My House, pain in Wedding Ring Vacation and relationship resuscitation in Makin' Our House A Honkytonk. All human life is there ... go on knock yourself out.