#3 on the Freeform American Roots Chart, June 2011 In the tradition of so many musicians - famous and obscure - who have walked through the doors of Sun Studios in Memphis with a few hours of studio time booked, The Border Blasters laid down these 8 tracks one evening in that hallowed room. Beneath the photos of Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, even Bono, vintage mics were set up and they just did it acoustically, with only Matt the engineer as the audience. 'These are mostly single takes,' says Border Blaster Todd Jagger. 'We had just finished our last showcase performances at the International Folk Alliance Conference so we just decided to go to Sun and knock 'em out live. I think we did a second take on two of them. Then we got a rough mix, bought a T-shirt and took a cab back to the hotel. 'It was a little intimidating, honestly, to be in that room where so many iconic songs had been recorded; so much music history made. If you told me there were ghosts there I'd believe it. 'Little Red Rooster' kept going through my head. For 'On The Borderline' I used one of the studio guitars: a Martin that Marty Stuart had written 'If found please return to [some address]' in Sharpie on the top. Probably a story there... 'This is how music used to be done. This is how it should be done, I think. It's real and unpolished. There's an immediacy, an intimacy, a personality - and I think that's a good thing. We hope you do too. ' REVIEW Eight tunes, one take, and no overdubs - all from the historic Sun Studio, June 20, 2011 By Steven I. Ramm I first met the two guys who form The Border Blasters in 2010, when I saw and heard them at the International Folk Alliance Conference. I really enjoyed their first CD - and you can see my review of that here on Amazon.com. This follow-up is just as much fun and it was recorded in a 'special place'. While they were in Memphis for FA they took the opportunity to visit the legendary Sun Studio and lay down eight tracks. This album is the result. It's just Todd and Jimmy Ray (with Mark Rubin on bass) singing and pickin' on the first run-through. No overdubbing - or fancy tweaking here. They left the historic 'room' to create the intimate sound. And the sound is just fine with me! Three of the tracks are written by the Austin-based BBs, one is a traditional song and there's even a nice version of John Prine's 'Ain't Hurtin' Nobody' that takes on a new suit of clothes without Prine's distinctive voice. The styles range from Western Swing to Bluegrass with some nice instrumental breaks. If you liked these guys the first time 'round - as I did - you'll certainly enjoy this new disc. Besides that, they are nice guys too! I know that for sure. I've met them and seen them play live. Steve Ramm 'Anything Phonographic'