The DeSotos: Your Highway For Tonight
By Simon Sweetman
Paul Gurney and Stuart McIntyre are the writing/singing pair behind The DeSotos – and Gurney’s guitars, mandolin and banjo provide a lot of the country/blues textures. Ron Stevens (Hammond, keys) and Michael Burrows (drums, percussion) offer solid rhythm’n’blues backing band grooves, loping along underneath. The collective sound is impressive – Midge Marsden’s cameo on Paid In Full, providing harmonica, is a highlight. This is an album that flows well, 14 tracks of country-rock and rocking-blues and alt-country and – essentially – New Zealand’s answer to a form of Americana. This is the band’s second album and many will be familiar with Hearts In One Place, the theme to TVNZ’s North show. Also, Fat Man’s Lodge is reminiscent of the most recent Tom Petty material (from last year’s ‘Mojo’ album). Plenty to like here.