The Horton Brothers
Songs in the Key of Lonesome [2011]
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HRejected - Lonely Man - What Happened - Just Browsin' - One More Last Time - Box Of Knotty Pine - Hey Girl - Should I Even Try - Don't - Wreck Of You - I'm Tryin' to Make You Blue - The Other Side Of Lonesome - My Lucky Day

  Tempo For Two [2005]
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Hey Little Momma - My Own Two Eyes - North To Dallas - I Ain`t Got Time For Love - More Than I Cay Say - Locked Out Of Love AgainI Had One Too Many - She Tells Me With Her Eyes - Shadows Of The Old Bayou - Yesterday´s Blues - Just Who

Even if they were still active on the scene, The Horton Brothers hadn’t released anything on their own since «Heave Ho» in 2000. But it was worth the wait because this album is simply great. Just have a look at the musicians : playing with Bobby and Billy are Dave Biller, Buck Johnson and T Jarrod Bonta, the same winning team you find on Shaun Young’s Wiggle Walk. Even if this record is still what you can expect from the brothers (sweet harmonies, beautiful melodies…) I should say, comparing to Heave Ho or Roll back The Rug, that this one is less «rural» and sometimes more 60’s. The opening track, Bobby’s Hey Little Momma, has a very Buddy Holly feel with his beat à la Not Fade Away. The Buddy Holly connection continues with the Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison song "More Than I Can Say". A beautiful version all in subtlety.Another cover, Ruth Brown's «She Tells Me With Her Eyes» has a very strong Phil Spector feel in it (with those big drums rolls used in place of the "shoo-bee-dooby-wops"). Another highlight is «I Had One Too Many», The Wilburn Brothers song. They really rocked up this one with a wild boogie piano part and it works. But as usal, if the covers are great, the real strenght lays in the songs written by the brothers. «My Own Two Eyes» is by far my favorite with a solid tempo and nice harmonies, and «Yesterday’s Blues» is a beautiful slow tempo with sax (played by Billy). Another «must have album» for 2005..

Fred "Virgil" Turgis

Heave Ho [2000]
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Howdy Doody Do Ya - Heave Ho - Who Clipped Samson's Hair - The Hard Way - Jack In The Boogie Box - Ricochet - Let's Get Things Goin - Lovin' Lorene - Two Faced - I'm Gonna Love And Leave You - I Guess I'm Just In Love - I'm Sorry To Say I'm Sorry - Three-Fifteen Blues - I Always Had A Way With Women

Roll back the rug, it's the Horton Brothers [1998]
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Out Of Sight Out Of Mind ~ Whole Lotta Nothin' ~ I Always Whisper ~ Looking For A Place To Park ~ Sugar Booger ~ Lips That Kiss So Sweetly ~ Blue ~ Rockin' On My Mind ~ Unglued ~ Split Personality ~ Red Hot Flame ~ I Can't Believe You Don't Believe ~ Good Night Sleep Tight ~ Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light, Go!

Jack in the Boogie Box ep [1997]
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Jack in the Boogie Box - Just a Pickin' and a Slappin' - Roll, Hot Rod, Roll

Hey! It's Bobby and Billy [1996]
Crazy Love Records CLLP 6418
Hillbilly Hepcat - Smoochin` With My Baby/Please - Hello, Hello - Let`s Go Boppin` Tonight - Talk To You By Hand - The Other Side Of The Moon - The Beaumont Boogie - I Can`t Sit Still - Insomnia - Are You In Love? - Look My Way - Scary Cat - I`m Out

"Hey It’s Bobby & Billy" is the debut album from the Horton brothers on which they are backed by top musicians including Shaun Young, Chris Miller, Tjarko, Lisa Pankratz. It contains good moment but to be honest, it’s far from the Horton sound one knows today. On this platter they are still in the process of learning their chops and finding their style and the album suffers of a lack of direction. Some songs are good and announce the direction the band would take on "Roll Back The Rug…" and the following albums but the sound remains a bit modern. It’s even more evident on some rockabilly material like « Look My Way » or « I Can’t Sit Still » that is closer to the Stray Cats than, say, Rusty and Doug Kershaw.
Not as essential as the rest of their discography but worth a spin nonetheless.

Fred "Virgil" Turgis