3 Pairs Of Boots review…July 12, 2019….

3 PAIRS OF BOOTS

GONE SOUTH

HEY I’M ON MY WAY–ANYTHING FOR YOU–IT AIN’T EASY–GONE SOUTH–DOLLAR STORE–WASH AWAY THE BLUES–ONE MORE RIDE–SLIPPING AWAY–HE LOST MY NUMBER–LOUSY WEEK–LIBERTY–ALWAYS LOVED COWBOYS

The San-Fran-based, husband-and-wife duo of Andrew Stern and Laura Arias are 3 Pairs Of Boots, and their latest set, “Gone South,” is steeped in classic country, with a touch of Bakersfield, a little rock and roll via The Byrds and Tom Petty, and empowered women of contemporary country such as Kacey Musgraves and Margo Price.  The songs, penned by Andrew with Laura in mind to sing them, are simple by nature, but complex in the feelings they evoke within the listener.  Our heroine, throughout this set, always seemed to be one step behind that one true love she seeks to set her free.

Witness the guy who set off “the rockets red glare” inside her during their one night of lust.  Fer sure, HE was THE one, but, alas, “He Lost My Number.”  Then there’s the girl who finds it easier to “cheat on him,” but, we all know, as far as life is concerned, “It Ain’t Easy.”

We had two favorites.  With “honesty in short supply” on “One More Ride,” our girl opines on whether to dump a cheater, or, lustily take him on that “one more ride.”  The set closes on a light-hearted note, as Laura name-checks everyone from Gary Cooper to Butch Cassidy to The Man With No Name, on a love story that “goes together like chili and beans,” “I Always Loved Cowboys.”

3 Pairs Of Boots. with “Gone South,” have crafted a set of two-steppin’, high-steppin, and side-steppin’ tunes that prove California is a major player in the Americana game.  Characterized by brilliant harmonies and musicianship, this is a set not to be missed!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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