Arroyo Rogers review…May 11, 2019….




Arroyo Rogers is the ultra-hip name of the band founded by husband-and-wife team Kip and Lisa Mednick Powell.  Austin, TX, transplants, they are now residing in the high desert community of Joshua Tree, CA.  They have just released an EP entitled “Single Wide,” seven original cuts of “Bakersfield Sound” twang, and classic country sounds of the Sixties and Seventies, when “country” meant “country.”  Both Kip and Lisa are on vocals, and Kip doubles down on bass and lead guitar, while Lisa does the same on keys, accordion, and clavinet.  The album also features several other fine players backing them.

The twang-fest starts with, if not this band’s autobiography, then surely somebody’s, with our hero being content with “a Single Wide, a water line, and my gal,” featuring Dan Cooper on pedal steel.  Lisa’s on that whorehouse piano as our cheatin’ man “Had To Hitchhike Home from the casino last night,” and she adds accordion on another fine cheatin’ song.  This time, it is she who tells her lover she was “goin’ to Albuquerque, but you smell like Old Milwaukee!”

It’s two-step time as we approach Happy Hour, and our beleaguered lover is sho’ nuff “Three Sheets To The Wind,” and “the only winner is the Blue Ribbon Beer!”  Lisa’s piano and Dan’s steel will make you cry in your beer along with us, as this one stood out as our favorite.

Lisa and Kip cut their musical teeth in that Texas scene in the Nineties, supporting folks such as Alejandro Escovedo, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Radney Foster, and many others.  Tongue-in-cheek humor abounds in the honky-tonk grooves of Arroyo Rogers and “Single Wide.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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