Chris Shiflett’s “West Coast Town” is Fun in the Sun Music

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Country music tends to conjure up images of Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Achy Breaky Heart”, Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man”, and, if you’re of a certain generation, The Blues Brothers (“We got both kinds of music; Country and Western.”).

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t expecting a lot from West Coast Town. It’s country music, the genre that’s become the butt of so many jokes (See the above Blues Brothers reference). But my low expectations were quickly dashed because this is a remarkably good album. It’s fun and funky and, thankfully, doesn’t take itself too seriously. Chris’s lyrics edge on the verge of slightly dangerous and make you wonder who he’s referencing and whether the situations that the songs portray were real or merely the figment of a very vivid imagination.

From the opening bars of “Sticks and Stones” through to the closing notes of “Still Better Days”, Chris unashamedly shoves his talent in your face and leaves you in a state of awe. This may have been an “I-Hate-Us” side project but I truly do hope that we hear another of these albums in the not too distant future.

If you’re looking for an album to play this summer, West Coast Town is definitely high on the list for listening to while lounging around the garden on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Track listing

  1. Sticks and Stones

  2. West Coast Town

  3. Goodnight Little Rock

  4. Room 102

  5. The Girl’s Gone Already

  6. Blow out the Candles

  7. I’m Still Drunk

  8. Cherry

  9. Tonight’s Not Over

  10. Still Better Days

 

West Coast Town is available now from Amazon and iTunes.

 

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