Retro told you about Electric Lotus artists VOODOO SWING a bit ago, which alerted me to the label’s upcoming release by PAT ROBERTS & THE HEYMAKERS, Lonesome & Blue. This is the Arizona-based band’s debut album. The label told me that it will be available digitally through i-tunes, and as a physical CD via CD Baby within days.
As you can hear, Pat Roberts plays a pretty mean guitar and has a nice honkytonk-friendly voice, while the songwriting seems to stay true to traditional country. Maybe in another life they could’ve shared a package tour with Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison or Johnny Cash, or cut a record with Owen Bradley. Instead, this well-crafted country music, which should be the very definition of mainstream country, is left to be adopted by the rockabillies and country purists (such as myself). Give ‘em a spin and LIKE ‘em on Facebook.