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Back of Your Mind
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Some bands' weepy waltzes and two-step tales of misfortune and misbehavior are just honky-tonk fantasy. The Domino Kings, however, speak from experience: former bassist Brian Capps quit the band prior to the recording of T... more »
Some bands' weepy waltzes and two-step tales of misfortune and misbehavior are just honky-tonk fantasy. The Domino Kings, however, speak from experience: former bassist Brian Capps quit the band prior to the recording of The Back of Your Mind, but not before discussing his differences with guitarist Steve Newman in a song-worthy barroom brawl. In the aftermath, the erstwhile trio became a quartet, as Newman and holdover drummer Les Gallier added Newman's cousin Jimmy Ginnings on rhythm guitar and ex-Shaver sideman Bert Parnell on bass. Captured by no-nonsense producer Lou Whitney (Skeletons, Morells), the new lineup cranks out retro tonk and classic pop that's predictably more robust than on Life and 20, particularly when the band is joined by guests like the Star Room Boys' Johnny Neff (whose caramel steel-guitar tone drips from Newman's "No More Trying") and Skeletons piano man Kelly Brown (who carries the melody of "What Do You Do About the Ring"). --Anders Smith Lindall
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Personnel changes provide focus on third LP
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 07/21/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that the Domino Kings third release is the most consistent of their career. It's not that acrimoniously departed bassist (and songwriter) Brian Capps wasn't an integral part of the Domino's sound, but with guitarist/vocalist Steve Newman responsible for the bulk of the new songs and singing, there's a greater sense of direction to the album. Newly recruited rhythm guitarist (and Newman cousin) Jimmy Ginnings chips in a trio of fine tunes (including the album's honky-tonk opener), making the album something of a family affair.The revivalist air of their previous album ("Life & 20") has grown into a more organic presentation of their influences. There's plenty of twang, including the crying pedal steel of guest Johnny Neff (Star Room Boys) on the divorce-themed "No More Trying," the cheatin' tale "What Do You Do About the Ring on Your Finger," and a fine cover of Faron Young's 1969 hit, "Wine Me Up." The band's Bakersfield influences are heard throughout, especially in the singing and electric guitar picking of "In Case You Didn't Know," and David Wilson (Radio Flyer) adds his fiddle playing to "One More Chance."But the band isn't just a one-note honky-tonk revival. They rev up a New Orleans shuffle on drummer Les Gallier's "Show Me," with producer Lou Whitney (Morells, Skeletons) supplying the bass and Newman the slinky lead lines. "The Outlaw's Song" waltzes from mandolins to electric guitars, and "Hard Thing To Know" has a syncopation and drama that brings to mind Gordon Lightfoot.Personnel changes are a way of life for most bands, and for the Domino Kings the changes have brought a focus that's kick-started a fruitful new phase in their recording career."
They just keep getting better...four +stars
C. Branch | Cordova, AK USA | 06/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had the opportunity to hang out with these guys at Salmon Jam 2004, as volunteer driver and roadie. "Back of Your Mind" is one of my favorites, and a good sound check piece. We enjoyed having them in Cordova for three concerts in two nights, as another KCHU public radio volunteer and guitarist joined them to make a four piece combo. Stevie Newman and Les Gallier were joined by bassist Reed Herron (sp.?) for the Alaska trip. I'm waiting for their fourth CD, "Salmon Jam '04"! On the web: www.dominokings.com and www.kchu.org"
A MUST LISTEN TO
Wildcat | Nebraska | 01/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have to say I am not a honky tonk fan, but I really enjoyed this CD. Give it a listen and start your toe tappin'!"