Picks and Pans Review: The Boys Are Back in Town

updated 02/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Maines Brothers Band

When the four Maineses and their three pals get up a full head of steam, there isn't a rowdier, hotter, more likable country band around. There's just enough flavor of rock—mostly from Donnie Maines's drumming—to spice up the good-time feeling generated by Richard Bowden's fiddling. Regular lead vocalist Kenny Maines never seems to be riding too high up for the band. And the song selection demonstrates a lot of taste: Some of Shelly's Blues by ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith, for instance, or the Gary Nicholson-Wendy Waldman tune Can't Stop Now or Micheal Smotherman's wistful Magic Wishes. A routine highway track, Roll Truck Roll, is about the only disappointment on the album. Such bands as Ricky Skaggs's and the Maines's are creating a kind of scaled-down country revival of the Big Band Era that's a joy to listen to. (Mercury)

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