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"They have created one of the best Country albums of 2013, and one that will definitely stir up some sawdust on the dance room floor. The sound is a straight forward tribute to what Country should exemplify."
"New Old Story by Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash is a story you don't want to miss… Like a cross between early Steve Earle and Dwight Yokam the song is an open invitation to jump onboard for a roadtrip… With so many versions of the same old story on the radio these days, it's refreshing to come across a New Old Story. Thanks to The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, this is one story I'll be listening to over and over again."
“A more faithful inheritor than any bastard son, Stuart creates neo-country that’s quite a few cuts above much of today’s genericana mediocrity...crackling, stinging twang...touching on heartland roots rock, zesty bluegrass and affecting ballads, delivered in an abundant and versatile voice.”
“A solid slab of real country music, "Bend in the Road" feels very Haggardish, with well-written songs set in crisply played backgrounds of fiddle, mandolin, pedal steel and lots of guitars ‘Bend in the Road’ is the best country record I've heard this year. Grade: A”
“Stuart exhibits the grit and the spit to keep the act convincing, and with rousing, rollicking barnburners like “Restless Ramblin’ Man,” “When Love Comes A Callin’” and “Gone Like a Raven” providing the fodder, their unflinching blue collar credo gets full venting.”
“Stuart’s latest batch of original tunes is his best yet. The band plays with more verve and Stuart sings with more freewheeling energy than ever. The Bastard Sons cook up a country rock sound filled with driving beats, second-line rhythms, twangy electric guitar solos and well-placed blue notes.”
"...firmly in a country vein, with a definite rock underpinning. Stuart can write, and the 11 tracks he wrote for this release are not only solid, but catchy, the kind you'll have a hard time getting out of your head."
“Mark Stuart and the Bastard Sons have hit pay-dirt once again with the release of their new album...one of the extraordinary in-studio recording productions of 2009. (5 stars)”
“Stuart was smart to drop "of Johnny Cash" from his Bastard Sons, even with the Man in Black's approval. That novelty got in the way of the new Austinite's roots-bound direction on ‘Bend in the Road.'”
“…pure Americana heart and soul…heavy, toe-tapping shuffle rhythms, adroit and stylish steel picking, and guitar work that approximates a train chooglin' down the track full steam ahead.”
“Makes you remember why you liked Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Marty Robbins, not to mention Bastard Sons’ adopted dad.”
“Captures the lonesomeness of Cash, the stripped-down melodies of Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen, the rowdiness of Steve Earle and morphs them into a captivating collection that blends twang and sophistication.”
“Just listen to Stuart’s great vocal…and you realize that this is an exceptional singer, an exceptional band that has only just begun to make its mark. ”