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3.5 out of 5
As the title suggests, there are few other words to describe this album besides honky tonk. The twang is resilient in everything, from Halden Wofford’s voice to the steel guitar to the upright bass. For such a concentrated, distinct genre, it is interesting to listen to how Halden Wofford and The Hi-Beams manage to throw in small glimpses of rock into their music, best demonstrated in a quick guitar jam in “Loser.” The album is a focus on the mixture of Western swing and Texas honky tonk, with Wofford providing a recognizable voice throughout and Brett Billings adding thoughtful comments with his classic steel guitar. Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk offers a number of classic country covers, including Wofford’s take on “White Freightliner Blues” by Townes Van Zandt and “Pretty Boy Floyd” by Woody Guthrie. Check them out at a number of stops along the Front Range, including a show on Sept. 27 at Road 34.