11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After several solo releases of singer/songwriter fare, Georgia-born Ron Pope put together the Nighthawks to help him explore his love for Southern-fried rock, soul, and country-folk. On the group’s debut album, plucky mandolins dance around drunken slide guitars, while big horns punch through greasy boogie. The raspy-voiced singer ruminates on heartbreak, partying, and hard living on rambunctious groovers (“White River Junction”) and ragged ballads (“Hotel Room”). On Skynyrd-inspired jam “Take Me Home,” which boasts the album’s coolest riffs, Pope proves that you can’t take the South out of the boy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After several solo releases of singer/songwriter fare, Georgia-born Ron Pope put together the Nighthawks to help him explore his love for Southern-fried rock, soul, and country-folk. On the group’s debut album, plucky mandolins dance around drunken slide guitars, while big horns punch through greasy boogie. The raspy-voiced singer ruminates on heartbreak, partying, and hard living on rambunctious groovers (“White River Junction”) and ragged ballads (“Hotel Room”). On Skynyrd-inspired jam “Take Me Home,” which boasts the album’s coolest riffs, Pope proves that you can’t take the South out of the boy.

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