Hammer & Tongs
On their new studio recording, HAMMER & TONGS, 77 EL DEORA jangles some familiar nerves and scuffs up some new ground off the beaten path. As on SIRENS (WIR0105), singers Jenn Courtney, Maurice Tani, and a dozen other musicians lay out a literate vision of country that is both dramatic and fun. H&T features 10 new songs from Tani, written specifically for Courtney\'s vivid persona. Dark, hyper-romantic ballads and bright, shiny, trailer-park operettas. Plus a pair of retooled masterworks: -an assertive redo of Leonard Cohen's brooding Everybody Knows, and, as a special bonus track, an unexpected version of Leiber & Stoller's existentialist classic Is That All There Is?. \'Smart, hip, hard-core country is what 77 El Deora serves up.\' -- radioioCountry.com \'Tani is a master at the play on word and like early Robbie Fulks, respects the tradition of classic country themes, but with a contemporary twist.\' -- FreightTrain Boogie.