When I last was tuned into Austin’s Madisons, Dominic Solis and his band of merry-makers had just released a record full of tragic stories and ne’er-do-wells set to some lively dance music. It was a lot of fun if you didn’t listen to the lyrics too closely. Over the holidays their new EP, Country Music Sunday!!!, popped up on my radar, and while the stories are told now more in the first person, they’re still chronicling a fun band of misfits.
The opener, The Willie Song, is a full-on honky-tonk, cowpunk blaster where Willie is as much a euphemism as a real person. Staggering down the road, with bloodshot eyes, the cop tells the protagonist, “looks like you been talking to Willie tonight, son.” Sometimes I Get Drunk All Day is in a similar breakneck vein, while Making It On My Own slows a little with its tale of living in the moment. The other 2 songs are slower, the standout being Vidalia, about a dancer who “peels and peels”.
While you’re getting your arms around the new year, Country Music Sunday!!! is a good way to inject some spirit into any post-holiday doldrums.
About the author: I've actually driven from Tehatchapee to Tonopah. And I've seen Dallas from a DC-9 at night.