LoCash Cowboys (album)

In these days of anything-goes country—drum loops, AutoTune, guest rappers—it’s hard to discern genuine from gimmick.

But there’s no such confusion with LoCash Cowboys’ self-titled debut: These guys believe the musical mayhem they’re laying down.

First single “Chase a Little Love” is a romantic singalong that could be one of summer’s defining jams, while “Make It Look Good” is equally infectious, showing off Preston and Chris’s admirable harmonies.

The highlight, though, is the road-warrior anthem “Independent Trucker,” a throwback trucking song that would do right by Dave Dudley or even Red Sovine. Bonus: It features guest vocals from George Jones.

Unfortunately, the album also holds the distinction of containing one of the most ignominious songs in recent memory: “Hey Hey Hey.” A laundry list of redneck requisites (mud, trucks, shotguns, whitetail deer, lakes, boats, fishing poles), the lyrics make you wonder if the guys, normally damn-fine writers, were simply having a laugh.

If so, great—but we’re still scratching our heads over the outrageous “Fine,” which should feature a co-write credit for the late Jani Lane of Warrant for its channeling of the hair-metal group’s “Cherry Pie.”  

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