“After a self-released live CD, and “Burn & Shine” two years ago the new third album by South Austin Moonlighters, “Ghost Of A Small Town” on Germany’s Blue Rose Records guarantees us once again a very nice sampling of Texas style roots, country and Americana rock. Thirteen tracks long this album is again fully blown feast for their fans who affectionately call the band S.A.M. named after the area of town in which they formed.
Thirteen songs which, in particular, fans of bands like Little Feat, Los Lobos, the Beat Farmers, John Mellencamp, the Flying Burrito Brothers will be quick to find similarities. The album starts strong with Americana rocker “A Year Of Decembers”. Next is the deceivingly slow but moving “Movin ‘On” which one of us said, was a little reminiscent of good old Bob Seger. “I’ll Be Coming Home” in the wake of these equally delicious numbers is funky, and proceed without fail “(Lyin ‘On The Bottom) Mississippi River” is every bit as swampy as you would expect from a song with such a title. “You, Love And Me,” a co-write with Aaron Beavers of Shurman is immediately thereafter a catchy country rocker with some hit potential upside Texan, “Suburban Avenue” is emphatically intended for a larger audience power ballad, next “Lookin ‘For a Lover” is pretty groovy stuff a la JJ Grey & Mofro, and “Final Line” a very nice folk-pop ballad.
With something of a reggae motif that often leads to endless jamming we welcoming “Hold On”, “She’s So Far Away” is is the contribution that the true roots rocker in us will love from the first note. “Fallin ‘Down” is a brief flirtation with more commercial country, the atmospheric “Jesus (Make Up My Dying Bed)” the only cover of the whole, and the closing title track is a short instrumental rock drill. All in all, simply a delicious Americana Album.”