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Local Vancouver roots musicians Scott Smith, Robyn Carrigan, Jeremy Holmes and Liam Macdonald have mixed their talents well with bottled Cajun spices and poured a neat, self-titled package. Carrigan swings forth on the wistful love song "I'm Not Your Girl," with the great lyric "I'm not the one spinning in your head" setting you up for Smith's hurting "A Man Ain't Got Nothing." Just when you think there is relief, your heart rips with "Hate To See You Cry." Drink up more of Bottleneck's elixir and love is found again in the honky-tonk "Don't Cut Me Loose." Love and loss are merely two of country's many themes and "Abilene" embodies simple beauty. While many twangy types like to pay homage to the "Man in Black" with mere covers, Scott Smith has gone one better with "Jay Woods," doing Mr. Cash proud with a tale of youth beaten astray. Bottleneck has crafted a fine brew well worth any hangover it might induce.Local Vancouver roots musicians Scott Smith, Robyn Carrigan, Jeremy Holmes and Liam Macdonald have mixed their talents well with bottled Cajun spices and poured a neat, self-titled package. Carrigan swings forth on the wistful love song "I'm Not Your Girl," with the great lyric "I'm not the one spinning in your head" setting you up for Smith's hurting "A Man Ain't Got Nothing." Just when you think there is relief, your heart rips with "Hate To See You Cry." Drink up more of Bottleneck's elixir and love is found again in the honky-tonk "Don't Cut Me Loose." Love and loss are merely two of country's many themes and "Abilene" embodies simple beauty. While many twangy types like to pay homage to the "Man in Black" with mere covers, Scott Smith has gone one better with "Jay Woods," doing Mr. Cash proud with a tale of youth beaten astray. Bottleneck has crafted a fine brew well worth any hangover it might induce. (Hard Rain)