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the bo-stevens / Press

“In a decade the group has recorded three CDs, is working on a fourth, and has played gigs all over the Triad and beyond. However, one thing has not changed: the band’s dedication to traditional country music. Think Bakersfield, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash. “We don’t want people to hear us and say, ‘That’s what I hear on country music radio today,’ ” Boyd explains. “We want them to say, ‘That reminds me of something that came out 20 years ago, 30 years ago.’ We want them to be transported.” ”

“Review: the bo stevens get three stars for songs of liquor, lovin' and leavin' N.C. favorite the bo-stevens' third release, Honky Tonk Angel and a Bottle of Wine, remains faithful to the genre's and band's roots. The tradition of kicking down the chapel door on each album continues with "The One That's Guiding Me," an original track taken straight from the pages of the country-western hymnal, and "Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone" melds Johnny Cash's swagger with the twang of bluegrass in a toe-tapping celebration. Authenticity rings as clear as a steel guitar through the 12 ditties' ups and downs. A heartfelt remembrance of frontman Richard Boyd's late father, "Biggest Man of All," stands out as a somber ballad about a man who passed his love of music on to the next generation. ... ”

jennifer carter - Winston-Salem Journal
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