I had never heard of The Nouveaux Honkies, the Americana duo featuring Tm O’Donnell and Rebecca Dawkins, until latest platter “Blues for Country” came across my desk a couple weeks ago. As such, I had no idea what I’d been missing. O’Donnell and Hawkins are a first-rate tandem and this album, with its wide range of Southern influences, should raise their profile considerably.
“As far as genres are concerned, I don’t think it is an intentional thing for us to bouncing around the map,” O’Donnell notes. “It is just my personality. I love lots of stuff. To me there is good music and bad music and I really have no formula on what it is. I just know when I like it. Jimmy Webb, Jimmy Reed and Jimi Hendrix all give me this crazy feeling when I listen to them.”
The stellar title track kicks of the 12-track, 42-minute platter and sets the tone for the entire album. The Nouveaux Honkies also score with “Should Have Loved You,” “I Know Things You Read About,” “She’s Nothing But Wrong,” “Velvet” and “Whiskey’s Getting’ Hard to Drink.” Their cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty” is another highlight. Can’t wait to hear more from O’Donnell and Hawkins. (Jeffrey Sisk)