Review: The BackYard Devils – Honky Tonk Heartbreaker (Independent)

TheBackyardDevilsThe highly anticipated second release from Moncton bluegrass-folk favourites The BackYard Devils delivers upon the immense promise heard on their 2011 debut and easily exceeds expectations. With a sound that owes much to traditional bluegrass, The BackYard Devils have brought the genre kicking and screaming into the 21st century. High-octane tracks “Rambling” and “Gospel” get Honky Tonk Heartbreaker off to the races with a bang, showcasing the group’s musicality in the process. Even when the band dials things back for tracks like “Cowboy” and “Feeling Stoned,” the album maintains a vitality that some groups aren’t quite as fortunate to capture on record.