Jubilee Shurman, Vanguard Records, 2005.

shurmanExuberant might be another title for this high energy album, which is a callback to the good ol’ days when Rock ‘n’ Roll was fun and Country made you feel good.

Alternative-something or other, Beavers and Shurman straddle a midpoint between Tom Petty  and Jackson Browne. West coast, not Western, their L.A. sound (mixing electric and acoustic lap steel and pedal steel guitars, a Wurlitzer, dobro, mouth harp, bass, percussion and original vocals) is funky Americana at its best. The lyrics to the title cut make a great CD cover mandala. Very cool. —Corinne Brown

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