"The band describes their swingin’ hillbilly sound as a "stew of honky tonk and hillbilly hits” and are rooted firmly in the 40s and 50s. They’re retro and proud of it, and their second full-length album was recorded on analog tape to capture the warmth and feel of a 1950s recording... The current line-up is a five piece capable of putting the bop in your country better than probably anybody since Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Of course it doesn’t hurt having Dave Stuckey producing... if anyone knows his way around an authentic sound it’s him. And authentic it is. The original tunes perfectly capture the spirit of their heroes Lefty Frizzell, Carl Smith, Hank Penny, Faron Young, Bob Wills, and Hank Williams Sr. – When Darkness Turns to Light is very Hank Sr. and I’ll bet Wayne Hancock wishes he’d written it... If you’re partial to Big Sandy, Wayne Hancock, or BR5- 49 you won’t go wrong with West Coast Special."
"The San Francisco based B-Stars' latest is a collection of authentic honky-tonk tunes with a touch of western swing. The influence of Hank Williams is strong, particularly on Honky Tonkin' Rhythm and No Work Blues... One of the better tunes is When the Darkness Turns to Light, on which Greg Yanito's vocals recall Wayne Hancock. Other standout honky-tonk tracks are King of Fools and One More Beer, reminiscent of some of the work of Carl Smith. The standout Revolution 45 celebrates the era of jukeboxes and vinyl records. The western swing sound of Asleep at the Wheel is evident on My Window Faces the South, while the opening track, Careful Baby, has the more modern swing feel of Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys. The instrumentation is excellent throughout... Produced by Dave "Pappy" Stuckey (Dave and Deke Combo) along with the band members, The B-Stars entertain.
"Thank goodness there are a host of acts through the years who play hillbilly bop and country boogie that is a galaxy away from what Nashville calls country these days... Skillful re-creators, they capture a sound that raises a smile and gets the feet moving. There is an argument against such studied retro-revivalism, but without bands like the B-Stars keeping the music alive many would not experience first hand the joys of the music from an earlier era. These guys write solid original songs that seem like classics, which is a bonus and a reason for any band to put out their own albums. Add the B-Stars to that list of bands who make music for the very best reasons and who are so obviously in love with what they do that the infectiousness is catching and makes West Coast Special well - special."
“This San Francisco band reminds me a bit of Johnny Dilks from that same area, and also the Horton Brothers, with occasional hints of Wayne Hancock, Buck & The Black Cats and even the Maddox Brothers. All those are favorites of mine, so you can infer that I like the B Stars too! All but one of the 12 tracks here are their own songs with the one cover being "Texas Boogie." They have steel, piano (Carl Sonny Leyland sitting in for 4 tracks) and a usual complement of upright bass and drums behind the totally Rockabilly approved approach to Hillbilly music. What I mean is all of it is danceable. The songwriting is very good, and spot on in the Hillbilly modes they are plying! I certainly hope someday to have the chance to check them out live, and also look forward to any further recordings they might make. Former Big Sandy sideman Lee Jeffriess produced - congratulations to him and everyone involved for a fine debut release!”
“Vinyl is the only thing missing in the authenticity department of their CD, Behind the Barn with the B Stars...a producer like Lee Jeffriess (Big Sandy, Johnny Dilks) is enough to tell us that something traditional is afoot. Think Lucky Stars for a contemporary reference or Lefty Frizzell for an older one. There are minimal present-day references among the original songs by band leader Greg Yanito and Eric Reedy. One such is “Ink Free Baby of Mine” which celebrates un-tattooed women, a theme that would have never occurred to Frizzell. Guest appearances by keyboard maestro Carl Sonny Leyland liven up four tracks, particularly “Pretty Baby” which introduces a tasty power boogie boost into the midsection of the CD. “Trouble Free State of Mind” is a standout track that celebrates California. The arrangements are clean, the presentation is straightforward and the CD’s release harvested at the band’s current peak. It’s a tasty plum well worth the pickin'.”
"Behind the Barn with The B Stars is quite simply wonderful. The B-Stars are one of those rare, mythic beasts that defies categorization. They aren't Country and they aren't Rockabilly. What they are is a breath of fresh air. Each beautifully crafted track takes you on a journey through America's back yard, passing through Nashville, Texas and Memphis with more than a hint of California thrown in for good measure. Most of the tracks on the album were written by band members Greg Yanito and Eric Reedy and have a whimsical quality about them that you just don't find today. Quite simply it's a CD for everybody. Even if you're not into Countrybilly (the press loves pigeon-holes) I defy you to listen to this CD and not find yourself smiling and tapping your toes along with The B-Stars by the end of the first song.”