"Playing Van Morrison covers a few nights a week for the past decade made them into a thoroughbred-class band. Then singer/songwriter Terry Walsh cut loose his horn-addled ensemble to run through his own champion-breed originals, which make up half this album, including the Slim Dunlap-wry “Rock Band” and majestic soul-tugging epic “Looking for the Northern Lights.”
“The Belfast Cowboys have brought a rhythm-inducing soundtrack to groove to with “The Upside to the Downslide.” The Belfast Cowboys may be known as a local bar band, but this album proves that they have depth that goes deeper than the sticky bar-floor surface. The soul sweats from each track, from high energy rock sessions to body swaying slow jams. This nine-piece not only focuses on Van Morrison, they also have an arsenal of original tracks to unleash. This record shows diversity throughout, “I’ve Been Working,” the second track on album enters past decades to consume the true flavor of Dan Kowalke’s guitar and the crushing vocals of Terry Walsh. Each track pulls from each of the nine members, with every instrument adding a certain sprinkle of magic. The horns keep it fresh like a musical summer salad. “House for Sale” is a ticket to paradise...Overall, The Belfast Cowboys bring a peppered, bluesy, soulful album.”
“After taking the stage as often as the Twins took the field in town over the past decade — and for gigs that often lasted as long as an average ballgame — Twin Cities bar vets the Belfast Cowboys not surprisingly sound effortlessly tight and soulful on their first album in six years, “The Upside to the Downslide.” What’s more surprising is how well frontman Terry Walsh’s original tunes — such as the instant-classic “Looking for the Northern Lights” and Soul Asylum-y “Killjoy Was Here” — stack up and blend in with the deep Van Morrison cuts that are the band’s bread and butter, including the Them nugget “My Lonely Sad Eyes” and a hard-grinding “I’ve Been Working.” They knocked it outta the park with this one. Ol’ Yeller opens the release party. (9:30 p.m. Fri., Cabooze, $8-$10.) Chris Riemenschneider”
"They do a damn fine job of capturing Van the Man’s loose, soulful delivery."
"Van the Man steals Last Waltz tribute show at Cabooze"
“A first class cover band. Walsh and crew provide a window on Van Morrison the performer 35 years ago.”
“This nine-piece band, complete with a rollicking horn section, conjures up the spirit and the songs of Ireland’s greatest export”
"...the unquestionable high point of this "Last Waltz" was Terry Walsh as Van Morrison on "Caravan"..."
"A thoroughly modern take of classics like “Real Real Gone” and “Jackie Wilson Said,” which sound like a Replacements tribute band imitating a Van Morrison tribute band."