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Laura Benitez and the Heartache / Press

"Saving the best for last, Laura Benitez, the better half of Mitch Polzack (Royal Deuces and 37 other bands), has hit one out of the park with her debut CD For Duty or Love. Ain’t no EP needed here. Picture, if you will, a lonely band widow, home alone except for her guitar and her imagination, night after night, waitin’ on her man who’s out playing another honky-tonk at the end of the Earth. If that isn’t fuel for a bonfire of country songs, what is? Caution: these songs will work their way into your head, starting with “Me or the Baby,” a song about a mom-to-be who is asking whether her impending marriage is “for duty or for love,” hence the title of the CD. The more one listens to this CD, the more its songs tumble around in the ol’ cerebral cortex. Look for infrequent Laura Benitez shows on the Hicks with Sticks calendar. They are rare, but she delivers the goods live as well as she does on fhis CD."