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Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys - The Price You Pay

11 Tracks

The Price You Pay is Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys’ follow-up to their 2008 debut CD Honky Tonk Heart. They serve up traditional rockabilly, Americana, and pedal steel-tinged country at more than 75 live shows in Michigan and the Midwest annually.

I saw the trio earlier this year at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, and marveled at the way they channeled Gene Vincent, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash. They are a solid and entertaining rockabilly outfit. Delilah DeWylde’s out front on vocals and stand-up bass complemented by Lee Harvey on guitar and theremin (sort of a special effects box that inspired Robert Moog to develop early synthesizers) and DJ McCoy on drums.

On The Price You Pay, the trio’s sound is rounded out with Drew Howard’s pedal steel, Joe Wilson’s steel guitar and trombone, and Roger Brown’s acoustic guitar. Harvey wrote six of the 11 songs on the CD, and I like the way that “A Cheatin’ Life,” “A Fool Never Learns”, and “Just for the Hank of It” are bathed in traditional fiddle or pedal steel. Two well-chosen covers pay homage to 1940’s country pioneers: “Texas in My Soul” honors songwriters Ernest Tubb and Zeb Turner (with a jaunty “call and response” refrain), and “I Can’t Get You Out of My Mind” shows me that the band has learned a lot from Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys.

The band’s live concerts often include rockabilly standards like Bobby Fuller’s “Wine, Wine, Wine” or Eddie Cochran’s “20 Flight Rock,” and I look forward to seeing them again live. I also look forward to returning to Bell’s Brewery for some tasty Kalamazoo Stout!

Reviewer Eric Steiner is president of the Washington Blues Society Washington Blues Society in Seattle, Washington, and a member of the Board of Directors of The Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.

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