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The Souvenirs: King of Heartache
Buy! - (Will)
This Seattle band’s remarkable debut is easily the finest twang album to ever come out of the Northwest. While squarely rooted in classic late ‘50s-early ‘60s honky tonk, the Souvenirs revitalize the sound for today by updating it with a host of other musical influences on this beautifully produced collection of timeless, heartfelt gems, nearly all of them written by Souvenirs lead vocalist Lucky Lawrence. You'll hear echoes of the gorgeous melancholy and bruised vulnerability embodied in the heart songs of Marty Robbins, the simple, melodic genius of Buddy Holly, the epic paranoia of Roy Orbison, and the intimate, barroom soul-baring of the legions of hard country singers who have followed Ray Price out of the honky tonks. Still, you'll find the band's own distinctive stamp on every song. Simply put, they've resurrected country music with style, and like some of the best country music of the past, their classy songs of heartache are flawlessly constructed expressions of epic passion and charming simplicity that sound utterly natural and unforced. 9/15/1999 - Don Yates