Album Review: Psychedelic Country Soul by The Long Ryders
Excellent, Based on 2 Critics
AllMusic - 80 Based on rating 8/10
Good music is often the product of unexpected alliances and strange bedfellows, so it makes a certain perverse sense that in 2019 Paisley Underground heroes and alt-country progenitors the Long Ryders released their first studio album in 32 years, and in a roundabout way we have gangsta rap icon Dr. Dre to thank for it. In the '80s, Larry Chatman was part of the Long Ryders' road crew, and he's since gone on to become Dr.
The Long Ryders released three albums of near-flawless country-rock during the 1980s. The "buckskin" element of the Paisley Underground, the California-based band burned out rather than fade away. Thirty-two years later, the Long Ryders — in their classic formation — return.
As vigorous as they ever were, the reformed group appear at the top of their game, with youthful aggression replaced by measured maturity. Confidence runs through the album, giving it Heartbreakers' precision well before a dramatic rendering of Tom Petty's ….